Spotify has announced that they are planning to launch in over 80 new markets in the next few days which includes Kenya, Nigeria, Pakistan and more. They have announced it today on their StreamOn online conference.
This will make Spotify the next major streaming service to rollout in Kenya which will appease music streaming service. In Kenya, we already have Apple Music and Deezer as international options for streaming music.
The company was light on the details so we yet don’t know about the pricing of Spotify here in Kenya but we should expect them to compete favorably with Apple Music and Deezer who charge $3 for an individual plan or $5 for a family plan.
Kenya Spotify users should expect free and Premium plans. They will offer individual, family, Duo and Student plan options. You will be able to search Spotify’s worldwide catalog and browser and search pages will adapt to the local market and your taste of course.
Spotify HiFi plan announced
Also today, Spotify announced that they have plans to rollout Spotify HiFi which will be their new high end subscription service.
Spotify HiFi will launch later this year to Spotify Premium users in select global markets which will allow them to listen to music in “CD-quality lossless audio format.”
The company announced this new feature for their platform amongst other features like a new podcast morning show, content deals and features for creators. Spotify said that high quality music streaming has been one of their most requested features.
The company added that Spotify HiFi will work across devices and they have worked with the world’s biggest speaker manufacturers to make the service more accessible to more fams.
However, Spotify did not mention the pricing of the new service or which markets that will get to enjoy the service. You can definitely expect Spotify Hi-Fi to be more expensive than the current Spotify Premium offering. Currently, Spotify Premium streaming tops out at 320kbps which is the base streaming quality for a service like Tidal.