South Africa: Metrorail commuters tune into GoMetro, KasiMP3

GoMetro and KasiMP3 have announced a partnership which will see KasiMP3 provide music through the GoMetro mobile app and a mobile site, gometro.kasimp3.co.za.

A partnership between GoMetro and KasiMP3 will provide South African Metrorail commuters access to a comprehensive database of music. (Image source: KasiMP3)

GoMetro is a transit information mobile app that aims to improve the urban commuting experience. It currently provides information (real-time train schedules, train fares, timetable deviations, schedule & platform changes, and announcements) for South Africa’s Metrorail. Metrorail transports approximately 4 million rail passengers daily across South Africa. The service is currently available in the Western Cape and Gauteng, but will soon be launching in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.

KasiMP3 is a South African music startup that provides a platform for music artists to make their music available for free download to their fans and still earn royalties based on the number of unique downloads.

To date the music platform has attracted over 40,000 music artists across Africa & parts of Europe and Asia to sign-up and make their music available for free.

The partnership will allow GoMetro mobile users going to work and school in the morning, and back home in the afternoon, to listen to, download and share thousands of the hot music tunes on the KasiMP3 platform from wherever they are through the GoMetro mobile app and mobile site.

“This is an exciting partnership for us. We believe GoMetro users will derive great value and pleasure from it as they now can listen to some great music during their train journey ranging from Gospel, Hip-Hop, Kwaito, and many other music genres.” said Tefo Mohapi of KasiMP3.

Justin Coetzee, founder of GoMetro thinks this is a great fit for his users. “In a recent survey of our users in Western Cape and Gauteng, we found that our users spent, on average, an unbelievable 3.2 hours a day commuting via trains. Commuters spend a large chunk of that time on their phones, with listening to music with one of the primary activities reported on-device. The local, fresh and original tracks that KasiMP3 bring to GoMetro users are sure to make the wait for trains just that bit better.”

Staff Writer