Spotify makes South African debut

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As Variety reports, users can find the option to "Suggest an edit" by clicking on the three dots found on the right side of any song or artist entry in the streaming desktop app.

Similar to rivals Apple Music and Deezer who already operate in Israel, Spotify will charge NIS 20 per month for a premium subscription.

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"Listeners describe music in different ways, and understanding that information will help improve, extend, and confirm the information that describes music on Spotify", a Spotify spokesperson said. From there, users can recommend "mood", "genre", "aliases", and other tags to add to Spotify's metadata ecosystem. "We hope to better understand how Spotify listeners interpret music, so that we can improve experiences for both listeners and artists". The South African launch marks the first time Spotify will be available on the African continent. Suggestions will be vetted, and users' metadata recommendations will be ranked based on the quality of their past submissions. The company explained, "Spotify considers the source, and thoroughly reviews and checks the accuracy of this information, before the suggestions are folded into the data that powers our services".

ITWeb is attending the official launch on Tuesday and will provide more details as they become available. For instance, Line-In includes a number or surveys to test a submitter's music knowledge.

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The world's largest music streaming service has gone live in South Africa, a day before the company is due to hold a press conference to announce its local launch.

Amazon Music Unlimited has 16 million paying subscribers, and Pandora Media Inc has 5.48 million total subscribers.

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