Line Music launches streaming service in Japan, already in Thailand

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The popular messaging app Line has just launched a music streaming service in Japan, another hurdle to Apple‘s own path in its aim to win over music fans all over the world.

Line Music has a catalog of more than 1.5 million tracks including local and international artists, and is available on iOS and Android for a fee of 1,000 yen a month (which is around $8). For half that price however, users can listen for 20 hours. Line users can also send tracks and playlists from the service to their contacts.

Line Music launches in Japan, could conquer Asia?

Line Music will be free to users for the first two months. But the company says it will expand its music library to more than 5 million tracks by the end of 2015 and reach more than 30 million next year.

The service is currently only available only in Japan and Thailand (it launched there in May) on mobile devices. The company says it will bring Line Music to the desktop soon.

Line Music App

In Japan, issues over copyright, as well as the public’s fondness for physical discs, has largely kept foreign music streaming services out of the picture. Streaming subscriptions for example only brought in just over $40,000 in revenue in the whole of Japan last year.

But Line Music could be about to change all that, as it has 58 million registered user in Japan, and its music service is partly held by Sony Music, with Universal Music set to get onboard soon.

If Line pulls it off, it might bring streaming into the mainstream in Japan and Thailand, and make decent revenue in a market where others have failed for many years.

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SOURCE: The Next Web.

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