The following post comes from Spotify’s blog.
We announced today at a press event in Tokyo that Spotify has launched on an invite-only basis in Japan, on mobile, tablet, desktop and PlayStation® consoles. We’re the first “freemium” music service to give Japanese music lovers access to music from their favorite domestic and international artists.
“We’re incredibly excited to launch Spotify with a uniquely Japanese music experience,” says Spotify’s CEO and Founder, Daniel Ek. “With Spotify’s revolutionary discovery and personalization features that fit your every mood, we aim to help people enjoy more music and connect more artists with fans than ever before.”
Spotify is the first music streaming service in Japan to offer both a free-to-the-user ad-supported music service and a fully featured ad-free subscription service. Users can listen for free, or alternatively upgrade to Spotify Premium for only 980 yen a month.
Spotify in Japan offers:
Comprehensive catalog of Japanese and international artists
Unique discovery and personalization features including Discover Weekly (a playlist based on your listening habits, updated every Monday) and Release Radar (a playlist of new music based on the artists you follow and listen to the most, updated every Friday)
Music curated to fit your every taste and mood. Alongside Spotify’s international playlists, Japanese users can enjoy a range of playlists expertly curated by our Tokyo-based team of music experts, including Tokyo Super Hits and Best of J-Rock!
Use mobile, laptop, tablet or PlayStation™Music for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 to control and listen across free and subscription services
Listen everywhere: Wi-Fi speakers, TV, PlayStation® and more, using the Spotify app as a remote
Gaming and Running modes alongside Japanese and global streaming charts
Song lyrics support on mobile – making its global Spotify debut in Japan – alongside desktop lyric support
To lead the Japan team, Ichiro Tamaki, formerly Vice President of Amazon Devices and Kindle Content, Japan will join as Spotify’s General Manager, Japan. Ichiro will be based in Tokyo and lead the day-to-day running of Spotify Japan, effective as of October 1st.
Beginning today, Spotify will initially be available in Japan on an invite-only basis before opening to all users. Music fans in Japan should head to www.spotify.com to request an invite.
Following the Japan launch, Spotify will be available in 60 markets worldwide with over 100 million users worldwide.
Japan, welcome to the Spotify family!