There’s a new streaming service that you may be interested in checking out – MTN’s MusicTime.

This new offering comes on the back of MTN’s recent acquisition of music streaming provider Simfy Africa.

If you’re thinking that MTN’s new service is akin to that of Spotify, it’s not quite. Instead of a monthly subscription for the Premium version of its app, or an ad-laden Free tier, MusicTime is minute-based in terms of user access.

“We have worked hard in getting this breakthrough model to our customers. Data costs and the high costs of the top end music streaming products mean that the majority of our customers don’t have an affordable option for digital music and Simfy Africa came with the solution we were looking for,” says Jacqui O’Sullivan, executive for Corporate Affairs at MTN SA.

More specifically it serves up two different pricing options, with R5 giving you 120 minutes fo listening time and R10 serving up 300 minutes.

Should you be less keen to fork out cash on MusicTime, you also get 60 minutes worth of free listening time when you download the app and sign up for the service.

According to MTN there are millions of songs included in the catalogue for MusicTime, but it’s unclear how it compares to the library of Spotify, Apple Music or Google Music.

“The way MusicTime! works means our customers can be amongst the first to listen to premium local and international tracks from the latest albums as they launch globally for only R5, with data included,” concludes O’Sullivan.

MusicTime is available to download on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.