iTunes’ African Rival, Spinlet To Launch On November 20

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On November 20th, Spinlet, a music service for Africa will go live. It will allow you store, manage and listen to your music from any device like iCloud. Spinlet will also let users create playlists and share favorite tracks on social networks.

Spinlet was founded in 2006 by Sami Leino and Ville Leino in Finland and received an undisclosed sum in funding from a Nigerian venture capital firm, Verod Capital in early 2011. Spinlet will also allow artistes promote their music and earn income from sales and has been in talks with record labels in Europe, Africa and Asia to increase its portfolio of music.

Spinlet will be launched in Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Ghana and its mobile app will be free. We aren’t sure how much Spinlet’s subscription service will cost, but it’s a welcome development as the only way to currently purchase content on the iTunes store is by iTunes credit cards purchased abroad. iTunes also isn’t open to a lot of African countries.

From Spinlet’s website we can see they’ve got deals with Chocolate City, Storm360 Records, Show Dem Camp and 2Face. Spinlet also has to battle with sites that allow music uploads(4shared, hulkshare, limelinx) and torrent websites. In conjuction with The Beat FM, they currently sponsor ‘Industry Nite’ a monthly event for people in the music industry and their fans.

Spinlet’s Co-founder and COO, Sami Leino talks about the service in this video:

What do you think? Does Spinlet have the chance to compete against Apple‘s iTunes?

source: Techloy



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