How Spotify, Gaana Are Navigating India’s Unique Music Streaming Landscape

Music streaming business in India has grown to new ranges up to now few years. Players together with Amazon Music and Spotify entered the business a couple of years again. Local opponents equivalent to Gaana and JioSaavn additionally launched new options to their platforms within the latest previous to remain related in opposition to their international counterparts. The enlargement of the business has introduced new native artistes and podcast creators to the market. But, there’s nonetheless a protracted solution to go for the business, because the particular visitors for this week’s episode of the Gadgets 360 podcast Orbital — Gaana CEO Sandeep Lodha and Spotify Head of Market Operations in India Akshat Harbola — inform Orbital host Akhil Arora.

Spotify entered the Indian market in February 2019 and is at the moment celebrating its three years of journey within the nation. The platform claims that it has introduced greater than 6,000 native artistes on board by way of its creator training programme referred to as Masterclasses over the past three years.

Since its launch, Spotify says the variety of Indian artistes on its platform has grown by 13 occasions. The Stockholm, Sweden-headquartered streaming big additionally has programmes together with EQUAL, RADAR, and Fresh Minds to convey new artistes from the nation to its international audiences.

Spotify additionally claims that the variety of cities and cities within the nation the place it has streamed music in 2021 has grown to over 7,500. Harbola tells us that English, Hindi, Punjabi, Telugu, and Tamil are amongst the favored languages during which the music has up to now been streamed by way of the platform.

Similar to Spotify, Lodha says that Gaana has seen progress in each its listenership and content material. The Indian platform will rejoice its twelfth yr later in 2023.

Lodha states that each music and podcasts are the core to Gaana. He mentions that the platform not too long ago began providing recommendations to customers on the premise of their listening patterns to make the expertise more personalised and interesting. This is a characteristic that its opponents have lengthy had. The personalisation contact has helped develop person retention on the platform, Lodha says, with out detailing any explicit numbers.

Growth apart, each Spotify and Gaana imagine that India is a special market altogether for audio streaming over the US and different western markets. Harbola mentioned: “India still records the highest rates of piracy in the world when it comes to music. So, here, the market context in which we’re operating is very, very different.”

One of the important thing challenges for platforms together with Spotify and Gaana is to persuade customers to pay for his or her subscription. A variety of their potential customers are listening to music through YouTube — if not by way of any pirated sources.

Spotify is making an attempt to steer individuals to purchase for its paid subscription by way of a sachet-pricing mannequin referred to as Premium Mini. Introduced in December 2020, the Premium Mini mannequin presents ad-free music streaming and the flexibility to download songs on one cell gadget at Rs. 7 a day.

Harbola tells us that Spotify took Premium Mini to markets together with Indonesia after experimenting with it in India. However, he does take into account that there’s nonetheless rather a lot to analysis to develop paid subscriptions within the Indian market.

Similar to Harbola, Lodha additionally believes that market gamers together with Gaana want to determine new methods to develop subscriptions within the nation.

“I think the next three, four years, as the economy is developing, and you see this across developing economies that subscription rates do grow, as the economies become more and more mature as the industry becomes more mature,” he says.

Having mentioned that, each Harbola and Lodha inform us that the expansion within the pay tier of music streaming platforms within the nation is quicker in the previous few months than the earlier two years.

The subsequent massive wave on the planet of audio streaming is coming from podcasts. But India just isn’t that mature in comparison with western markets, together with the US and UK. Still, there are promising indicators.

“We’re already seeing sort of fairly decent traction, so one in four podcast listeners out there or Spotify listeners out there are listening to podcasts on a regular basis, and especially Gen Z” says Harbola. “Youngest users are adapting to the new media in a new, pretty big way.”

Lodha factors out that the selection of podcasts amongst their listeners is usually based mostly on their music listening preferences.

“We have a lot of people who listen to crypto or listen to autobiography stuff,” he says. “And there are a lot of people who will listen to, you know, Ramayana, and Mahabharata, and, or romantic or horror stories.”

Platforms together with Spotify and Gaana are additionally in search of methods to monetise creators to spice up each quantity and high quality of podcasts within the nation.

“We are moving into a more marketplace kind of setting like a YouTube,” says Lodha.

Spotify has its providing referred to as Anchor that podcasters can use to distribute their podcasts to a wide range of listening apps together with Spotify itself, in addition to entry instruments equivalent to analytics. It additionally lets podcasters monetise their podcasts with completely different advertisements, podcast subscriptions, and common donations from their listeners.

“There’s a bit of a chicken and egg situation,” underlines Harbola. “A lot of creators need monetisation. There’s no question about it. But at the same time, brands want audiences.”

We speak more about all that and more — together with the 2023 roadmap for each Spotify and Gaana. You can hearken to all this and more by hitting the play button on the Spotify participant above.

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