According to a report, Spotify is looking into further expanding its presence in Asia. The company’s decision comes less than a year after its rival Apple launched Apple Music, which is available in a number of Asian countries.
The world’s most popular music streaming service, Spotify, could finally come to India and Japan, reports TechCrunch. If Spotify launches in India, it will face stiff competition from local players such as Saavn and Gaana, as well as Apple Music. What could give Spotify an edge over Apple Music, especially in a market such as India, is the availability of a free tier. Apple Music requires users to have a subscription in order to access it.
But before Spotify launches in India, it is likely to launch its service in Japan, a place that still has plenty of users utilising CDs for playing songs. In one sign of its imminent arrival, Spotify inked a partnership with Japan’s top messaging app Line which, similar to its agreement with Facebook, lets users share Spotify tracks through the Line app.
Also, Spotify has a feature titled “Concerts” that will generate custom concert schedules for users based on their listening tendencies. This feature lets you know when your favorite artists announce new concerts near you so you’ll never miss another show.