Spotify heading to Indonesia; may debut in Japan and India

Spotify is all set to launch in Indonesia by the end of March, and it looks like the streaming service is set to continue its Asia expansion by debuting in Japan and India in the coming months.

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According to TechCrunch, the music streaming service is looking to make its debut in the Japanese market shortly, with an exploratory interest in India.

The Indian market will be challenging to break into, as local offerings Saavn and Gaana lead the music streaming space. Apple Music also launched in the country last year, offering its paid subscription service for just ₹120 ($1.8) a month, albeit with a limited catalog of content. Saavn offers a wider selection of Bollywood music when compared to Spotify, but the latter wins out when it comes to international music. With Saavn Pro costing ₹99 ($1.5) a month, it will be interesting to see how Spotify prices its premium plan in India, as that'll determine its market update initially.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is a Senior Editor overseeing Asia at Android Central. He leads the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, contributing to reviews, features, and buying guides. He also writes about storage servers, audio products, and the semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.