Nigerian Programmer Creates Playfre to Rival Spotify, Deezer

By Dipo Olowookere

As the world of music is evolving so is the tech space, which is coming up with different means to make lovers of music continue to enjoy songs being released by artistes.

It is no doubt that the introduction of Spotify into the music space changed how songs are streamed by users on the internet and since then, efforts have been made to create other platforms that could rival it.

News coming out from Nigeria has it that a local computer programmer known as Chika Nwaogu has successfully created the first Indigenous music streaming platform with several songs that can favourably compete with the likes of Spotify and Deezer.

Mr Nwaogu, who is the co-founder of Publiseer, a digital library, has come up with an online music streaming platform called Playfre.

Launched on May 1, 2019, Playfre lets its listeners play over 45 million songs for free while still keeping that awesome Spotify experience everybody loves.

Playfre (pronounced playfree) is the first African music streaming platform that has over 40 million songs.

Commenting on his latest achievement, Mr Nwaogu said, “Spotify and many other big music streaming platforms have not yet opened their doors to most African countries because of the weak intellectual property laws in these parts of the world, thus making these awesome apps unavailable to the African demographic. Those who have opened their doors to us still charge monthly to stream unlimited music.”

“We have been developing what will become Africa’s first real answer to Spotify. We at Playfre are trying to bring the over 45 million songs on Spotify to you at no charge, with the same Spotify experience and guess what? We did it!” he added.

According to Mr Nwaogu, Playfre will be releasing its Android and iOS apps later in the month and will also be rolling out services like Playfre for Artists which will let musicians get their songs on Playfre at no cost.

Dipo Olowookere is a journalist based in Nigeria that has passion for reporting business news stories. At his leisure time, he watches football and supports 3SC of Ibadan. Mr Olowookere can be reached via

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