German-based Spotify clone Simfy is now live for users in South Africa. That means that anyone in the country can now try out the service for two weeks, before committing to a full account.
Monthly membership costs will set them back R60 a month, with discounts offered for each additional month that people pay in one go.
The German-based company boasts over 18-million songs in its library, including content from all four of the major record labels — Sony Music, Universal, EMI, and Warner. Alongside its label affiliation it also has partnerships with the Merlin Network and aggregators such as The Orchard, and Finetunes. Simfy also offers social networking, allowing users to share playlists and follow others to see what music they listen to.
As is the case with the German version of the service, that membership lets people listen to Simfy via the their browser, a desktop app, and mobile apps for iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry.
In addition to the massive international catalogue, a number of South African artists are included in the South African iteration of Simfy.
The company, founded in 2010, started out in Germany before expanding to Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and now South Africa. It is the first international paid-for service to enter the country, with South Africans previously having to rely on free services such as GrooveShark, Boom.fm, and Nokia Mix Radio.