TechCabal once asked “Will Spinlet and others survive the coming onslaught from global giants – Deezer, Spotify, Google Music and others?” Spinlet, Iroking and other music services created to deliver African music have been vying for local (continental?) supremacy, even as the global giants continue to encroach.

International music-streaming service, Spotify, may be the next to move into Africa through a partnership with the African telecommunications company Vodacom, according to a Bloomberg report. Spotify has already successfully infiltrated Europe, expanded to much of North and South America, and some parts of Asia, having launched in places like Singapore, Malaysia and the Philippines.

Bloomberg reports that Vodacom, owned by Vodafone, which has networks in Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria and Lesotho will be offering Spotify subscriptions, including limited free data to stream music, to its wireless consumers.

Spotify’s move is coming at a time when the competition between subscription-music services is rising. Deezer has the advantage of early entry, and a growing collection of local music. But the market is still largely untapped so there might be plenty of room for Spotify and Deezer to compete healthily in the streaming service space. At least until other global players enter, or the local services get their acts together.

Read this next

Berlin-based Incubator and the world’s largest internet company clone factory, Rocket Internet GmbH, is planning an initial public offering at $4 billion. Rocket internet is working with Berenberg, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Morgan Stanley to make the Frankfurt IPO a success. Rocket has investments in many companies worldwide such as  Zalando, Just Eat Plc, […]

More From TC
endsars_protests_2020

“It’s high time,” African Investment Advisor, Aubrey Hruby tweeted supporting calls for an end to police brutality in Nigeria. “I brought VC investors to Nigeria from Egypt last year and they were completely shaken down and robbed by the police as they were leaving the country after an amazing week of meeting with stellar Nigerian […]

Uzoma Dozie

My Life In Tech is putting human faces to some of the innovative startups, investments and policy formations driving the technology sector across Africa. Uzoma Dozie’s Sparkle is about connecting your finances and lifestyle. At the company’s office on the Lagos island, Dozie and I sit for about an hour to discuss his journey in […]


TechCabal is a Big Cabal Media brand



Copyright © 2013 - 2020
All rights reserved

Privacy & Terms
X