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.

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 Android Central's Senior Editor of Asia. In his current role, he oversees the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, networking products, and AV gear. He has been testing phones for over a decade, and has extensive experience in mobile hardware and the global semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.