With a base of 159m users, Spotify is the world’s most popular music streaming service. But until last week it was not counting SA consumers among those user numbers — unless you had used a workaround like a VPN service, or had access to a payment option in a supported region. Fortunately, the need for those shenanigans is over. South Africans can download the app for free for both iOS and Android, or access the service via a browser on Spotify.com. There is also support for various devices, such as game consoles. The service comes in two "flavours": The free option is rather limited and serves ads between songs to cover the costs. The premium subscription costs R60/month, and is blissfully ad-free. You can also try before you buy, with a 30-day trial. Streaming, of course, means data use — so bear that in mind when assessing costs. Spotify does let you download tracks for offline listening in the app, and you can choose your music quality for both streaming and download. Spotify’s ...

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