Music streaming giant Spotify has today, 23rd February, announced on its StreamOn online conference its plan to launch and expand into more than 80 new markets in the next few days. They include Kenya, Nigeria, and Pakistan.
This will make Spotify the next major streaming service to roll out in Kenya. The country already has Apple Music and Deezer as international options for streaming music.
The company was light on the details, including the pricing of Spotify streaming packages but they should be expected to compete favourably with Apple Music and Deezer who charge $3 for an individual plan or $5 for a family plan.
Kenyan Spotify users should expect free and premium streaming plans. They will be offered as individual, family, duo, and student plan options. Users will be able to search Spotify’s worldwide catalogue and browsers. While search pages will adapt to the local market and individuals taste of music.
Spotify HiFi plan announced
Spotify also announced today that it has plans to rollout Spotify HiFi, which will be its new high-end subscription service.
Spotify HiFi will launch later this year to 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.
Spotify HiFi will work across devices and that 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.