Jango Radio in Thailand

In my post last week, I decided to go in a different direction in terms of my research. I had a look into the music industry itself in Thailand, and was surprised about how different things were there compared to how music is distributed here in Australia – and how I am generally used to things happening in a certain way!

This was enlightening, as previously I haven’t felt too engaged in my research. Sure, it was interesting because of the passion I have for music in general, but I simply wasn’t feeling as absorbed as I could be in looking into different Thai artists.

This has been completely changed however, with my research into the industry! I find this so much more fascinating, and there are countless sub-topics that I can choose to explore for the remainder of the blogging tasks, as well as my final research project for this class.

This week I’m going to take a further look into the access the public has to music in Thailand, through platforms such as digital media and music streaming, as well as comparing this to how we do things in Australia.

As I know from my research last week, the people of Thailand have little to no access to Western music apps such as Spotify, which was troubling to me due to how much faith I put into this app personally – I use it at least once every day, and it contains all my personal playlists! Although with that being said, Spotify can be downloaded, although the prices over there are a lot higher than here, and have no option for a foreign payment – which makes it difficult for Thai citizens to access Spotify, unless they hold a American or Australian currency bank card. There are a few different apps that are available as replacements.

For instance, I looked into an online-based app called Jango Radio that allows users to stream music in the form of radio.

Personally, I perceived the site to be a little basic compared to alternatives such as Spotify and Pandora – it had an online ‘virus-y’ look about it, which made me a little wary to deeply delve into the workings of the site.

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It also carries limitations that I have not experienced before – users are only able to add one song per day to a playlist, which does not give much freedom at all. I also discovered Jango Radio through an article that provided a list of all the best music streaming apps for listeners located in Thailand – this is interesting to note, due to the fact that the main page (shown above) only features Western artists.

This research further added to deductions I have made about the music industry in Thailand, concerning the high rate of piracy in this particular nation. If the illegal method is the easiest presented to listeners, then this is the path that they will travel.

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2 comments

  1. This seems like it’s definitely a worthwhile avenue to explore. I wonder if Jango Radio is the most common way that they interact with the Thai alternative scene as you’ve been referenced in previous blog posts. It seems to me that live would be the best way to interact with these up and coming bands and a service like Jango Radio might neglect these artists. It might be interesting to consider the dichotomy that exists between the alternative scene and the obviously more popular western music from the screenshot of the app that you’ve taken.

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  2. I definitely agree with your critique of the app. It doesn’t look very appealing. One other critique I would have of it would be the fact that it is specifically designed for Thai audiences. In this day and age, everything digital has no geographical borders, so any time there’s a geo-block on apps or platforms it really annoys me. Surely there is a better and easier way for everyone around the world to be able to consume media without the fear of doing something illegal. Until international governments and companies work together on this, the piracy rates in certain countries (mostly outside of the US) will always be high.

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