Music Streaming Service Aims at Japan, Where CD Is Still King

Japan

Line Music, from the company that operates the hugely popular messaging app Line, opened in Japan ahead of both Spotify and Apple Music, advertising 1.5 million tracks and prices as low as $4 a month. […] Japan is the second-largest music market after the United States, with slightly less than $3 billion in sales last year, according to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry, a trade group. Last year, the Japanese market fell 5.5 percent, with CD sales sliding and the country‚Äôs tiny digital market failing to take up the slack. – Ben Sisario, The New York Times