Spotify Is About to Open In South Africa — Here’s What We Know

Spotify is looking to solidify their global lead with a launch in South Africa.

Spotify now has 150 million active users worldwide, according to documents leaked to Digital Music News last Friday. And while Apple Music rapidly moves towards 30 million subscribers, the Swedish platform will soon cross the 65 million mark.

Currently, Spotify is available in most countries across Europe, North and South America, Oceania, and Asia.  That leaves Africa ripe for expansion, with South Africa easily one of the biggest remaining grabs.

According to a new job listing, music lovers from South Africa will also soon be able to stream their favorite songs.

Consumer technology magazine Stuff first spotted the job post.  At, you can find the following ad.

“Senior Editor/Music Programmer – South Africa

Content / Shows & Editorial in London, UK

We are looking for a broadly experienced Sr. Editor/Music Programmer to join Spotify’s Shows and Editorial team, responsible for South Africa, located in London or Dubai.  You will identify and curate first rate music playlist listening- and programming experiences for a multitude of our moods, moments, and genres, demonstrate a passion for performance-oriented analytics, and will have your ear to the ground in the music community, focusing on South Africa.  Above all, your work will impact the way the world experiences music.

The job listing explains that the Senior Editor and Music Programmer will play a senior editorial role in daily programming and strategy for South Africa.  They’ll also present and follow up on strategic and creative projects and bets within the country.

The chosen candidate will “Road Manage strategic bets within Shows & Editorial (S&E).”  They’ll also represent S&E in cross-functional bets within the company for South Africa.

Spotify states that the Senior Editor and Music Programmer will work either in the company’s London or Dubai office.

The Senior Editor and Music Programmer will need five years or more of experience in the music industry.  They must have a “deep knowledge of music and culture” with a focus on South Africa’s music marketplace.  The chosen candidate must also present a perfect level of written and spoken English.

But how much will the platform cost?

In the United States, Spotify Premium costs $9.99/month and $14.99/month for a family plan.  In the UK, users pay £9.99/month and £14.99/month for a family plan.

South Africa’s TechCentral noted that local music platforms cost around R 60 a month, or $4.65.  Spotify may launch at around the same price.

The company has yet to confirm plans to roll out the platform in South Africa.  Actually, Spotify first announced plans to launch the platform in the country three years ago.  It remains unclear, however, why the company delayed the launch, or when they’ll launch the platform in the country.

You can check out the job listing here and in the images below.

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