Chilean music downloads store PortalDisc moves into streaming


Apple Music and Amazon Music are far from the only streaming services whose origin stories involve music download stores. PortalDisc is the biggest downloads store in Chile, but it is now moving into streaming with its new service PortalDisc App.

Billed as “the first 100% Chilean music streaming service”, it’s a partnership with B2B digital music firm Tuned Global, offering a catalogue of more than 130k Chilean tracks from 300 labels and more than 7,000 independent artists. The new service is available in free and premium tiers as an Android and iOS app, although free users will only be able to stream up to 50 different tracks a month.

The pitch, from founder Sebastian Milos: “We offer a hyper-localised and hyper-targeted music streaming service for Chilean music lovers and local artists, which a mass international streaming service can’t do.” In 2019, Chile was the 30th biggest recorded music market globally, according to the IFPI, with streaming accounting for 72.6% of its overall revenues. Our 2019 country profile has more context for that.

Written by: Stuart Dredge