Spotify is officially in South Africa and here's how much it costs

Smart speakers are music streaming’s new battleground

In January, U.S. copyright authorities made a decision to increase over the next five years royalty payments music streaming companies like Spotify and Apple must make to songwriters and music publishers, a trade association for music publishers said.

Spotify comes with various special features likely to lure music lovers in: for the ultimate experience, premium subscriptions will cost R59.99. There is also an option for a free account which includes ads.

Spotify will host an investor day on Thursday to tout the prospects of a company that has helped transform the music business. The leading streaming music provider remains Spotify, which has 71 million paid customers for its premium service.

Spotify is the first music service of its size to launch a tool like Line In - but the move is consistent with the emphasis the company has put on data in the past.

Both Apple Music and Spotify offers playlists based on moods such as "chill" or "focus" as well as South African specific playlists. And with Spotify's 159 million free listeners who also listen to ads, it's clear that this new concept of radio may have a long ways to go before saturation.

The big question now arises is, whether Apple Music can outshine Spotify.

Spotify allows users to stream music on a free tier with adverts which play between streaming songs.

Spotify is the undisputed leader of the market. You can listen to any song, album or playlist on demand, or even control Spotify through the Quick Menu without interrupting the game.

Offline listening for premium users: they simply download their music to their mobile device or desktop when online, to enjoy while offline.

"We looked at the technology landscape, we looked at the maturity and actually South Africa is seen globally as a very important music market".

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