Spotify is expanding its audio streaming service to 80 new countries including Maldives. This will be Spotify’s biggest development to date.
Subscribers will be able to explore a huge catalogue of music and podcasts on the platform, although it could be restricted due to licensing rights in some regions. In any case, Spotify has expressed that it “will continuously work with local rights holders and partners to expand its catalog to include more local offerings.”
Aside from the Maldives, Spotify’s new business sectors include:
Angola, Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bhutan, Botswana, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cabo Verde, Cambodia, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Curaçao, Djibouti, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Eswatini, Fiji, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Grenada, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kenya, Kiribati, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Liberia, Macau, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Marshall Islands, Mauritania, Mauritius, Micronesia, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Rwanda, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Tanzania, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, Uganda, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Since its launch in 2008, Spotify has amassed 345 million monthly subscribers across 95 nations. Spotify has been unavailable in Maldives for a while and most Maldivians use tools such as VPN to get a subscription.