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Earlier today I posted the news about Samsung integrating Spotify into Samsung Music, and now, we see that Garmin is also integrating the world's largest music streaming service. Samsung also has Spotify support in its Galaxy Watch, so there are now a couple of wearable options with Spotify support. Also: 5 good reasons to pay for Spotify CNET Why Spotify's IPO could bring more innovation TechRepublic The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music was first to launch with music support, and at that time, iHeartRadio was the only service available. Deezer support arrived in early September, and now, we have Spotify as the third music option. Spotify Premium account holders can create playlists and then sync those playlists to their supported Garmin GPS sports watch.
Popular music streaming service Spotify is trying its luck in Japan, where consumer demand for packaged media such as CDs is traditionally strong and the market for streaming still has huge potential to grow. Visiting Spotify founder and CEO Daniel Ek announced the company's foray into Japan on Thursday at a news conference in Tokyo. "I'm very excited to be here with all of you. This is the dream come true to me, to be here today, to be able to bring the 2 million artists around the world to Japan and of course to take the Japanese artists that we all love to the rest of the world," Ek said. However, Spotify Director of Product Dave Price said the music service will be offered on a trial basis at this point and only to people invited by Spotify.
After protracted deal-making with the country's record labels, Spotify has finally launched in Japan. To sweeten the deal to prospective listeners, it's already putting particular focus on the service's lyric display feature -- and the karaoke possibilities that (vaguely) come with that. Japan is the second largest music market in the world; Bloomberg pegs it at around 300 billion yen (almost 3 billion). The country continues to sell physical music media like CDs well -- it's the country where Tower Records stores still lives on. Spotify Japan has launched both a free ad-supported service as well the typical 980 yen per-month ( 9.70) subscription -- it's in invite-only beta for now.