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Spotify Coming to Azerbaijan and 84 Other Markets

By Nigar Bayramli February 23, 2021

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Daniel Ek, CEO of Swedish music streaming service Spotify, at a press conference in Tokyo in 2016. / Toru Yamanaka / AFP/Getty Images

The world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service Spotify has revealed that it will arrive in new markets across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean basin. Azerbaijan is one of the 85 new locations where the Swedish audio streaming service is going to launch its services.

“As part of our ongoing commitment to building a truly borderless audio ecosystem — connecting creators, listeners, and content — Spotify is embarking on a sweeping expansion that will introduce the world’s most popular audio streaming subscription service available to more than a billion people in 80+ new markets around the world, and add 36 languages to our platform,” reads a statement issued by the service on February 22.

“As we shared during today’s Stream On event, this expansion will help ensure that sounds and stories that once remained local can reach a global audience.”

Spotify is a Swedish audio streaming and media services provider, launched in October 2008. The service offers digital copyright-restricted recorded music and podcasts, including more than 70 million songs, from record labels and media companies. As a freemium service, basic features are free with advertisements and limited control, while additional features, such as offline listening and commercial-free listening, are offered via paid subscriptions. Users can search for music based on artist, album, or genre, and can create, edit, and share playlists.

The service will reportedly offer Free and Premium plans, full global music and podcast catalogs, as well as Mobile and Desktop players in the new markets over the coming days.

With stepping into new markets, the company expands its geography to 170 markets. Spotify expects that by 2025 the company will have as many as 50 million creators whose art is enjoyed by one billion users around the world. 

Azerbaijan is the third country in the Caspian Sea region to use Spotify services. In July 2020, the service was launched in Russia and Kazakhstan.