How To Stream Music in Kenya, Including on Spotify and Apple Music

There are many music streaming services and although most of them look similar from one to another, there are differences within them to show that they are not the same.

Some offer Hi-Res Audio, some don’t. Some release podcasts and music videos, others totally shy away from them. Others even allow you to upload your content to a library, others would not dare.

Here’s a pretty helpful guide for you to review when deciding which music streaming service to use.


SPOTIFY

This year, Kenyans joined more than 300 million other monthly active listeners to stream music from Spotify.

This was after long-term complaints from music lovers in many other African markets who had previously been using backdoor means like virtual private networks (VPNs) to bypass Spotify’s geo-restrictions.

Spotify offers its current vast library of over 70 million tracks and around 3 million podcast titles for free to its users, with an option to upgrade to an ad-free experience on its premium plan that costs Sh299 per month.

There is a subscription for two users called Spotify Premium Duo that is priced at Sh389 per month, as well as the Premium Family for up to six people at Sh479.

The student plan costs KES 149 allowing only 1 account. This is a special discount for eligible college students.

You can pay for Spotify Premium in many ways, including credit / debit card, PayPal, or Mpesa.

The premium plan is where you can enjoy improved sound quality, music on demand, plus an offline option for the tracks you download. New premium users in Kenya can also enjoy one month of free streaming before charges apply.

Spotify is loved for its playlists, thanks to its algorithm and the human editors who curate these playlists.

Discovery weekly searches for artists you like and songs you play repeatedly and then shares what other songs are on that playlist to help you discover new music.

Release Radar is very similar, but it focuses on the latest releases from your favorite artists and offers them in a single playlist that is unique to you.

The daily mixes are based on various types of genres.

However, Spotify Premium streaming maxes out at 320kbps, which is the lowest streaming quality on some other streaming services. Spotify announced that they have plans to launch Spotify HiFi, which will be their new high-end subscription service with lossless audio.

Available on the app, web, and desktop, Spotify has a Friend Activity feature in the desktop app that shows you what your friends are playing and shows your friends what you’re playing. It’s a little window on the right side of the desktop app that can be turned on and off in settings.

The application also works on other devices such as smart TVs and video game consoles. That versatility is a great advantage

DEEZER

Deezer, the French music streaming service has been popular in the Kenyan market and gained popularity long before Spotify was launched. Deezer charges Sh327 for an individual Premium plan, Sh547 for a family plan (with a one-month free trial) and Sh547 also for a Deezer HiFi plan (all the benefits of Deezer Premium, plus hi-fi sound).

The payment options supported here are PayPal, Visa / Mastercard, Mpesa, airtel money or even equitel.

They also have a Deezer Free option and a Deezer Student for 18-25 year olds in select countries that Kenya is not currently in.

Its artist and song recommendation feature has improved dramatically, though still not as fast as Spotify’s.

The app includes a Mixes feature that combines the songs you like with their recommendations and a custom mix based on your favorite songs and artists.

There are over 32,000 radio stations to explore, again for select countries in Europe that can enjoy a world of live radio.

BOOMPLAY

Boomplay Music is a streaming and downloading media service that was launched by TECNO mobile, first in Nigeria in 2015 before arriving in Kenya.

More than 75 million music lovers use Boomplay, where they can follow and view their playlists, posts and also send direct messages.

The platform has many other features like music videos, live concerts, and even a word of mouth segment where users read the latest news and create to share with others.

Boomplay has a “freemium” plan that allows users to access an ad-supported version of the service for free and the Premium plan at Sh199.

Boomplay supports various types of payment methods, including Google Play billing, debit / credit cards, and mobile money.

Boomplay has a reward system where users can earn up to 545 points per day when they complete tasks like sharing, reading articles, following artists, streaming content, and much more. Boom points can be redeemed for subscriptions, merchandise, and more.

MDUNDO

Mdundo is a music service that provides Africa with easy and affordable access to music. For Mdundo, the cost is KES 100 per month and they don’t seem to have any other subscription plans.

You can subscribe to a premium account through Mpesa.

APPLE MUSIC

Apple Music is a music and video streaming service developed by Apple and is compatible with iOS and Android devices. ‌Apple Music‌ offers a three-month free trial of their paid service, which becomes a paid membership unless the user cancels before the trial period ends.

Apple Music‌‌ supports Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio, two features offered to ‌‌Apple Music‌‌ subscribers at no additional cost. Lossless broadcasts offer quality at least as good as what you hear on CDs, and they can do even better.

It has been described as an immersive, multi-dimensional audio experience that allows artists to mix music in a way that makes it sound like the notes are coming from everything around you.

The ‌Apple Music‌ mobile app is organized into tabs for accessing your music library, browsing the ‌Apple Music‌ catalog, and listening to radio stations, while the “For You” tab allows you to view suggestions based on your listening preferences.

The Apple Music premium plan for an individual is priced at the Individual Plan: KES 327. The family package, with up to six members, costs KES 547. Upon verification, university students in Kenya pay KES 163 to enjoy the service.

You need an Apple ID and a valid payment method that is stipulated within the capabilities of Apple ID for a subscription here.

One thing you can hear loud and clear is that you don’t have to compromise on quality when it comes to streaming music as the options are quite a few with a variety of features that make each of the platforms unique.

Pick one that reflects your pocketbook, audio needs, and features in this article that you felt you need.



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