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Spotify begins rollout in Japan on invite-only basis

Spotify Ltd.started offering its music-streaming service in Japan, according to a Sept. 29 statement from the company.

Its launch in the country is currently on an invitation-onlybasis, but will be opened to all Japanese users eventually.

Spotify can be accessed in Japan via mobile, tablets, desktopcomputers and Sony Corp.'sPlayStation. Users can opt for the free, ad-supported service, or subscribe to thead-free Spotify Premium service for ¥980 per month.

Users can listen to a wide selection of songs by Japanese andinternational artists, in addition to curated playlists targeting Japanese musicgenres. Spotify is also offering its song lyrics feature on mobilefor the first time in addition to the standard desktop lyrics support.

The Swedish company also announced the appointment of IchiroTamaki, formerly Inc.Japan's vice president of devices and Kindle content, to run Spotify Japan as itsgeneral manager.