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

Smart speakers are music streaming’s new battleground

Spotify Pilots Auto-Mixing Function Christian Eede , March 12th, 2018 13:26

David Pak, previous CEO of eMusic, commented on CNN about the war between Spotify and Apple Music.

For much of the first half of the 21st century, music drove Apple's hardware sales, particularly across the spectrum of iPod models including the Nano, Shuffle, Mini and Touch.

The company said the music service is available on the Apple App Store, Google Play Store, and Microsoft Store.

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After this trial, the Premium tier costs 59.99 South African Rand a month - equivalent to around USA $5. They are also offered the 30-day trial.

"Over the past few months, we've confirmed our beliefs that listeners care deeply about the content on Spotify-they want the data to be useful and accurate", a company spokesperson told Variety. Back in 2014, Spotify acquired The Echo Nest, a music metadata provider, for a reported $100 million. Google does not release paid subscriber numbers for its service, Google Play Music. However, Spotify is the world's biggest streaming music company with more than 70m paying customers and offers a range of music discovery tools favoured by its fans. Apple's senior vice president of internet software and services, Eddy Cue, passed along the latest stats at the annual SXSW in Austin, Texas. Apple has been competing with, Inc. "Spotify... had a great headstart and built a great product", Pakaman said. "We hope to better understand how Spotify listeners interpret music, so that we can improve experiences for both listeners and artists".

Apple itself seems to be stumbling on its first moves into the smart-speaker space, with its new HomePod suffering from a late release schedule that missed the holiday rush, as well as from lackluster sales performance ever since its release on February 9.

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