Here’s why podcasts are still unavailable for most Spotify users in Africa

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It has been nearly three months since Spotify expanded its service to over 80 African countries and a number of users still can’t access podcasts on the platform, this website understands. 

Users in a number of African countries such as Uganda, Kenya, Ghana and many more can’t currently listen to podcasts on the platform and the Stockholm-based company notes that it is aware of this. 

Spotify admits that as much they want all the world’s music and podcasts on Spotify, availability varies over time and between countries, depending on the permissions from rights holders. 

Last year, the subscription-based music streaming service saw a spike in its podcast business as the Wall Street Journal reported that the number of monthly active users listening to podcasts saw a small increase from 19 to 21 percent, but the amount of podcast content they’re consuming more than doubled.

Spotify told Afritechpost that they’re aware that a number of African countries still don’t have podcasts available but confirmed that they’re working on getting the offering up and running . However, no particular date has been defined on when the podcasts will be available. 

“We are currently working on getting our podcast offering up and running in Uganda as soon as we can. We do not have a date to announce yet”

Nouran Hassan – Head of Communications & PR | MEA

We also found that the company explains that among the reasons why Spotify is yet to fully roll out Podcasts on its platform in some of these countries zeros down to permission from right holders and content licensing.  According to Spotify, the platform is updated with new content on a daily basis and if you can’t find something you’re looking for right now, it may appear (or reappear) soon.

In 2020, the company announced that it was making big investments into podcasts, and announced that Joe Rogan’s podcast will become a Spotify exclusive, rolled out support for video podcasts earlier this month and Michelle Obama’s podcast went live exclusively on the platform. 

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