Stream of mu­sic



Not even a year ago, most peo­ple across In­done­sia had to rely on us­ing proxy servers or VPNs in or­der to en­joy qual­ity mu­sic over the in­ter­net. Fast for­ward to the present day, we are now blessed with a hand­ful of mu­sic stream­ing ser­vices. Even though the na­tion was late to the party com­pared to some coun­tries around the world, it’s al­ways a treat when­ever an in­ter­na­tion­ally-renowned com­pany makes the ef­fort to ex­pand and im­plant a lo­calised prod­uct in In­done­sia. Just over a month ago, mu­sic stream­ing gi­ant Spo­tify ex­cited mu­sic lovers in the ar­chi­pel­ago by an­nounc­ing that they would grant ac­cess to In­done­sian in­ter­net users. Prior to that, Ap­ple in­tro­duced their mu­sic stream­ing ser­vice, Ap­ple Mu­sic through a new up­date of their iOS op­er­at­ing sys­tem. When you also com­bine other ser­vices such as JOOX from China, Yon­der Mu­sic from the US, and Gu­vera from Australia, we are now spoilt for choices. Of course the ob­vi­ous ben­e­fit of such a con­di­tion is we now don’t have to man­u­ally down­load songs onto our phones or mu­sic play­ers that would take pre­cious mem­ory space. In ad­di­tion, more and more peo­ple can now ex­plore the vast world of mu­sic more eas­ily and per­haps find a new favourite artist or two. Be­cause that’s ar­guably one of the best util­i­sa­tions of a mu­sic stream­ing app or web­site: ex­pand­ing your bor­ders by dis­cov­er­ing new artists. In­di­rectly, the in­creased ac­cess to a wider range of mu­si­cal tal­ent will hope­fully in­spire bud­ding na­tional mu­si­cians that will keep their works fresh and up to date. It may have taken us a while, but with the con­stant im­prove­ment of our in­ter­net providers and the al­lure of the gi­gan­tic In­done­sian mar­ket, we can truly ex­pect more in­ter­net-based stream­ing com­pa­nies ex­pand­ing to In­done­sia. We won’t ever have to be bored again while stuck in traf­fic!

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