When I was living in the States, I never downloaded songs. For one, I was afraid I’d get into legal trouble given the stories you hear about people who download pirated music there, and for two, there was a MUCH better alternative: streaming services.
Abroad, mobile data is much more affordable and reliable than in Lebanon, so you wouldn’t really think twice if you want to stream a song. Free services like Pandora would allow you to do that, interrupted by an ad every other song. If you were a bit more serious about your music and playlists, Spotify was the better alternative, where for $9.99/month you could listen to uninterrupted, unlimited music.
Unfortunately, these streaming services are not available in Lebanon and the Arab World, and don’t have an extensive enough listing of Arabic music. You’d get Haifa and Nancy, but probably no Wassouf and Fares Karam.
That’s when Anghami came in 2012, and little over a year, has taken the Arab World by storm, providing an affordable, comprehensive and tailor-made solution to a region of the world that is used to the illegal downloading of music and pirated CDs off street vendors. For just $4.99/month, you can listen and download all the music you want from their impressive library of 4 million tracks and counting.
Anghami provides all the Arabic songs you might want, but with an equally impressive International Music section (which I’m primarily interested in). I test it out all the time, and try to find obscure tracks by folks like Gui Boratto, and I find them! And sometimes remixes I didn’t even know about. You can find everything from Kendrick Lamar, to The Prodigy and Metallica. Best part is, if you didn’t find what you like, you can email them directly from the app requesting the artist/song and they’ll add it for you if it’s possible legally.
Anghami+ is different from other streaming services like Spotify and Pandora in that it allows you to listen to the songs offline as well. That’s very important for us, where 3G is massively expensive, we can’t afford to stream all the time. That’s why, you can download all the songs you want when on WiFi (or using up a mall’s WiFi =P) and listen to them offline at anytime, forever! That’s when you’re using Anghami+ of course.
Because Anghami loves you guys, we’re teaming up to giveaway 6 subscriptions to Anghami+
- 1 subscription for 12 months
- 2 subscriptions for 6 months
- 3 subscriptions for 3 months
All you need to do is:
- Download the app and sign in with your Facebook
- Share with me an epic song I probably don’t know (you can share the track you’re playing in several ways, preferably through Anghami! But you can do it via email/Facebook/etc. too)
- I’ll make a special playlist of the 6 best tracks, and each of those 6 folks will win a subscription!
- I’ll announce the winners a day after Christmas, December 26, cause the best gifts come a day late =D