Spotify Launches In Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, And Pakistan 2021: Music streaming service Spotify has launched in Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka, two years after its launch in India, the company said Monday. This will expand Spotify’s deployment in South Asia to four countries, leaving only Myanmar.
Spotify Launches In Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan 2021
In the past two weeks, Spotify has also launched in several small countries around the world, including Botswana, Gambia, Gabon, Brunei, and Georgia. Relatively larger markets such as Nigeria and Kenya also gained access to Spotify overnight. The Nepalese version of Spotify does not appear to have been uploaded at the time of publishing this article.
Spotify Localized language, price
Spotify launch has localized pricing in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka, with versions of the website available in Bengali and Tamil, respectively. Interestingly, Sinhala, which is spoken by the majority of Sri Lankans, doesn’t seem like an option yet. More interestingly, while Sri Lanka has a Tamil language Spotify website, India, which has the world’s largest Tamil population, does not; India doesn’t even have Hindi as an option on Spotify. But that’s probably because Spotify wants to drop support for multiple Indian languages at the same time. (QUOTE)
“As part of Spotify’s efforts to continue to localize the product and make audio streaming more accessible, we are launching in 36 new languages around the world, including 12 languages in India: Hindi, Gujarati, Bhojpuri, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Odia, Punjabi, Tamil, Telugu, Urdu and Bengali, ”the company said in a recent press release.
Spotify affordable prices for South Asia
Spotify Launches In Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Pakistan 2021 also India is no longer the cheapest place in South Asia to get a Spotify subscription. In Sri Lanka, Spotify Premium costs 529 LKR (about 200 Rs) per month, 299 PKR (111,52 Rs) in Pakistan, and 199 BDT (170 Rs) in Bangladesh. The “premium” plan costs 119 rupees per month in India. In comparison, the “premium” is slightly cheaper in Pakistan and slightly more expensive in other countries.
Spotify Premium Price in Pakistan
In Pakistan, Spotify Premium costs 299 PKR (111,52 Rs) per month
Spotify Premium Price in Sri Lanka
In Sri Lanka, Spotify Premium costs 529 LKR (about 200 Rs) per month
Spotify Premium Price in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, Spotify Premium costs 199 BDT (170 Rs) per month
India remains the only country where even the free version of Spotify offers unlimited hopping on mobile devices. In other countries, Spotify forces free users to mix music from albums, without choosing which track to play first and limits the number of songs they can skip. In India, where several streaming apps compete with each other at low prices and with ad-supported features, Spotify has (reasonably) opted to remove these restrictions for free users.
Spotify launch completes 2 years in India
After completing two years in India this month, Spotify revealed the following details about the Indian market (no paid subscriber number was disclosed):
Since Spotify launch, over 10,000 Indian artists have claimed their Spotify for Artists profile and over 600 playlists (up to 5 times since launch) have been curated locally by Spotify’s internal editors featuring several of these artists.
In 2020, more than 20 Indian artists were featured in multiple global Spotify playlists. This included Antariksh, Abhilasha Sinha, Sandunes, and Sarathy Korwar, among others.
The number of podcasts made on Anchor (which was acquired by Spotify in 2019) in India has increased 80 times in one year (February 2020 – February 2021).