Even though Africa’s digital revolution is in full effect, there are still major online services that either refuse to set foot in African countries or fail to resolve issues related to licensing and ownership rights – like in the case of Spotify. The world’s biggest music streaming service has only entered the South African market but not Nigeria, although it does have Nigerian music and playlists. But those seeking to stream music to their phones need not despair. There are many major international services that provide a similar variety of music and are available for Nigerian listeners.
The music uploaded to Soundcloud can be listened to by pretty much anyone with no restrictions. Don’t expect it to have the latest hits by the biggest stars – what you’ll get there, in turn, is loads of independent artists sharing their art online for free. And there are quite a few of them that are very talented, so you’ll always find something to listen to on your phone or computer.
Soundcloud has not only music and mixtapes but also loads of audiobooks and podcasts, making it a diverse service guaranteed to chase boredom away.
Surprising as it may sound, Apple’s Music service (along with iTunes Match) is available in Nigeria. Apple Music has a library of over 45 million songs that subscribers can listen to either online or offline. The service is paid only but it comes with a 90-day free trial that can be ended with no strings attached, no questions asked. The cost of a student subscription to the service is $4,99 a month – about 1,800 naira. For this, users get access to the entire music library along with the Apple Music radio service and Beats 1, a 24/7 music station broadcasting a mix of indie, hip-hop, and pop music.
Music+ is a digital music service that gives its users instant access to loads of songs offered by the cellular service provider MTN. It’s a subscription-based service that comes with loads of benefits, like offline playback, flexible subscription options, and loyalty points, along with the added benefit of VIP access to dedicated Music+ events. Music+ is best experienced on your mobile but is also accessible on your computer and tablet.
The service is available through the Music+ App for Android, iOS, Nokia Asha and select BB devices or through the website.
Spinlet started out as a music player developed by two Finnish brothers in 2006 before being acquired by a group of Nigerian investors. The service was officially launched in Nigeria in 2012. It now operates as a freemium service with basic features offered free of charge and premium services like music downloads that are paid. Spinlet is available on iOS and Android, as well as through a web browser.