Have you ever wondered which are the best Nigerian music apps?
Here’s everything you need to know.
To make things simple for you, I have put together a list of the top 5 music apps available in Nigeria now. Let’s start with number one in our list…
The Mooditt App offers a fresh, new approach to music streaming in Nigeria. The app uses a smart algorithm that classifies songs by different moods (upbeat, anger, happy etc.).
This way, you can listen to songs that match your emotional state at any given time.
Aside from this tech wizardry, the Mooditt App offers users the opportunity to stream music, play puzzle games, share songs with friends, create their own customized playlists and much more.
The premium service offers you the chance to download songs and ringtones via the Mooditt App.
Popularity in Nigeria: Mooditt claims to be the most downloaded app in Nigeria with over 500,000 installations.
Device Availability: The Mooditt App can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store for use on Apple and Android devices. Blackberry users can also use the Mooditt App.
What We Say: 8/10 – Mooditt’s App has what it takes to put you in the right musical mood.
Launched in February 2015, the Wynk App is brought to a Nigerian audience by Airtel.
The app has over 20 million songs and 1 million videos, including many songs perfect for a Nigerian music playlist.
Wynk also offers attractive prices for Nigerian subscribers. There is a daily plan costing N90, a weekly plan (standard is N350 and premium is N500) and a monthly plan (standard is N560 and premium is N900).
In case you were wondering, the benefit to purchasing a premium package is that you can use your subscription on 3 separate devices. You can also benefit from a free one-month trial, as long as you renew the service after the first 15 days.
Popularity in Nigeria: The Android version of the Wynk App has had between 100,000 and 500,000 installations from the Google Play Store. With Airtel behind this offering, the Wynk App could well grow to be one of biggest Nigerian music apps.
Device Availability: The Wynk App is available for download via the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.
What We Say: 7/10 – The Wynk App is perfect for those looking to subscribe for an affordable music app offering a huge selection of songs.
Spinlet launched in May 2012 and has been on a winning run ever since. The CEO of Spinlet, Nkiru Balonwu, is quoted by Musically as saying that:
“Since then , our app has been downloaded nearly 2 million times. We see between 1,000 and 1,300 new user registrations on the average on a daily basis.”
Spinlet offers a wide range of music but prides itself on providing access to local content. There’s a big focus on African music, including tracks from Nigeria.
The Spinlet model is really simple. One option is to access the free service, which enables you to stream from a limited music collection, with ads playing from time to time.
The alternative is to pay for the Spinlet premium subscription that allows users to download tracks, listen offline and ad-free unlimited streaming.
Popularity in Nigeria: On the Google Play store alone, Spinlett has had between 100,000 and 500,000 installations. But apparently the total figure for downloads across devices is closer to 2 million.
Device Availability: The Spinlet App is available for users of Apple, Android and Blackberry devices.
What We Say: 6/10 – Spinlet is a fantastic app which is focused on providing the freshest African and Nigerian music. It’s also a great option if you are a Blackberry user in Nigeria.
Jay Z’s Tidal App created a storm of debate on Twitter when he tweeted back in April 2015 that his cousin, Briant Biggs, (who worked at Tidal) “just moved to Nigeria to discover new talent”.
The reason for the debate was simple: Tidal App is available in 52 countries around the world but not (I repeat, not) in Nigeria.
I still wanted to include Tidal App in this list of the best Nigerian music apps for two simple reasons:
Popularity in Nigeria: As we mentioned above, the Tidal App is not available in Nigeria currently.
Device Availability: You can enjoy Tidal App if you have an Android or Apple device. The app is not available through the Blackberry World Store.
What We Say: 5/10 – It’s hard to give Tidal App more than half marks given that it’s not available in Naija. Still, it is a seriously good option for Nigerians living abroad.
You have probably heard of the Iroking website, which is one of the most popular sources of free Nigerian music online.
The website offers users to stream music from some of the biggest stars of the Naija music scene, including Tiwa Savage, PSquare and Asa.
The Iroking music app was launched in May 2012. Unfortunately though, it seems that the app has been neglected since that time.
The most recent update to the Iroking music app was made in November 2013. There has also been a bucket load of technical complaints about the app made by users in the Google Play Store.
Popularity in Nigeria: According to the Google Play Store, there have been between 50,000 and 100,000 installations of the Iroking music app.
Device Availability: The Iroking music app is available for download from the Google Play Store. Unfortunately, it isn’t yet available for download for Apple or Blackberry users.
What We Say: 4/10 – I love the Iroking website but the app is not yet up to scratch. There are better options for Nigerian music apps out there.
The market for Nigerian music apps is exploding, literally.
There’s so many apps out there that it is difficult to know which one is best.
The trick is just knowing which app suits your particular listening needs
My favorite apps for listening to Nigerian music are Mooditt and Wynk.
But maybe you use other music apps that I have not included in the above list. If so, please write to us in the comments section below and let us know which music app floats your boat.
And before you ask, I’m afraid the answer is no. Spotify is not yet available for download and use in Nigeria at the current time.
Thanks for reading. If you have enjoyed this article, please feel free to check out our piece on the top 6 Nigerian dating apps.