IDAGIO Launches in Japan, Announces More Live Concerts

To coincide with the live video stream of the Vienna Philharmonic‘s subscription concert in IDAGIO‘s Global Concert Hall on June 21, 11 am CEST, the classical music streaming platform will for the first time be available in Japan.

This international expansion will give music lovers in Japan access not only to IDAGIO’s Global Concert Hall, launched just three weeks ago, but also to its groundbreaking audio streaming service: a classical catalogue of over 2 million tracks in CD-quality sound distinguished by superior metadata, a search tailor-made for classical, and expert curation. Continue reading IDAGIO Launches in Japan, Announces More Live Concerts

Rhapsody, Sony Music Bring First Hi-Res Audio Streaming Service to Japan

Rhapsody and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) today announced a partnership to launch the first on demand, high resolution streaming music service in Japan. The premier service allows Japanese music fans to have both the convenience of on-demand and the superior quality of high resolution music.

Rhapsody International is providing its complete “Powered By Napster” platform including a unique set of systems, tools and APIs to allow SMEJ to quickly launch and bring its on-demand service to market. Continue reading Rhapsody, Sony Music Bring First Hi-Res Audio Streaming Service to Japan

Napster and Rakuten Partner to Grow Music Streaming in Japan

Napster today announced a new partnership with Japanese internet services company Rakuten to enhance Rakuten’s on-demand music streaming service, Rakuten Music.

Napster will deliver song playback and curated playlists from its catalog to Rakuten Music, with a total of over 20 million songs to be added by fall 2017.

The two companies are also working on other collaborations to enhance the features of the Rakuten Music service.

Japan is the world’s second largest music market after the United States. While CDs and other physical formats still dominate the music industry in Japan, streaming services are beginning to gain momentum.

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Japan’s Pop Music Scene Saw a Power Struggle in 2016

Media, both domestic and overseas, spent a lot of time focused on the streaming services arriving in Japan in 2016. Months of “Can these platforms thrive in CD-loving Japan?” speculation reached a climax in September, when global market leader Spotify finally debuted here. There was a big press conference, launch parties and one final flurry of articles pondering if this could be the sea change so many thirst for in the country’s music industry.

One problem, though — that shift already happened, via digital platforms that arrived in Japan years ago, and which became pop cultural forces over the course of this year.

Source: The Japan Times

Spotify Wading Into Japan’s Tricky Music Streaming Market

Spotify is coming to Japan soon, but whether the streaming music service makes it here in the long run will depend on its ability to adapt to this country’s more traditionalist landscape.

Spotify is one of the biggest providers of on-demand music, used by over 100 million people worldwide. The paid version alone has about 30 million subscribers.

 The company, founded in 2006 in Sweden, has been preparing for its Japanese debut by forging a capital and operational tie-up with Dentsu, one of the country’s top advertising agencies. Spotify will offer its free version and a premium option costing 980 yen ($9.57) per month.


Source: Nikkei Asian Review

Closer to ‘Music for Everyone’: Spotify Set to Launch in Japan Next Month

After months of speculation by music and IT enthusiasts, Spotify is finally set to launch in Japan, where the public is still very much attached to physical copies of music.

According to I4U News, local Japanese IT media has been abuzz with reports that Spotify, the world’s number one music streaming service, will be launching there in July, sourcing officials from music labels.

Source: Asian Correspondent