Is Spotify coming to Pakistan? Everything we know so far
Musicophiles in Pakistan have been begging for a music streaming service for a while now. However, there’s a chance that their long wait may finally be over. Spotify, the Swedish streaming giants, may finally be launching their services in Pakistan! Here’s what we know.
Is Spotify finally coming to Pakistan?
News about Spotify launching its service in the country broke out when the company created a verified Instagram account for Pakistan. At first, Pakistani users just couldn’t believe their eyes. But, it was real and verified. And the follower count on the account rose to tens of thousands overnight. Here’s a screengrab:
As soon as social media caught the news, it erupted. Especially Twitter! Here are a few tweets just showcasing the enthusiasm of Pakistani music lovers who are dying to see Spotify launch in Pakistan:
SPOTIFY IN PAKISTAN COMING SOON!!
PAK ARMYS ARE YPU READY?
— ᴮᴱTS Pak Army⁷Official 🇵🇰 (@BTSPak_twt) November 14, 2020
📣| Pretties, congratulations our hard work paid off 😭😭
Spotify Pakistan official account on Instagram app is not officially launched yet we are still waiting for ofc news from @Spotify!
— BTS PAKISTAN GALAXY⁷🧡🥞🇵🇰⟭⟬ (Hiatus) (@bts_pk_galaxy) November 14, 2020
Furthermore, it turns out that Spotify also launched verified accounts for Sri Lanka and Bangladesh as well. It looks like they will be making a big launch in South Asia!
A Pakistani artist confirms the news
And sure enough, Pakistani singer and songwriter Shamoon Ismail personally confirmed that Spotify is coming to Pakistan in a tweet:
I confirm Spotify is coming to Pakistan
— Shamoon (@ShamoonIsmail) November 16, 2020
And Pakistani music fans and artists have every reason to rejoice at the news of Spotify coming to Pakistan. Despite tough competition from Apple Music and YouTube Music, Spotify is still the most liked streaming service in the world. At present, they have a total of 144 million premium users, who have access to more than 60 million tracks and over 4 billion playlists. Moreover, the company also grew its premium users by over 27% in the third quarter, compared to a year earlier.
And to grow even further, Spotify also launched their services in 13 new markets across Europe, making them available in 92 countries across the globe. With Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka, that total will reach 95. So, how long will it take for Spotify to confirm and make their service available for Pakistan? We’re not sure yet. But, stay tuned to find out.