Simfy withdraws freemium in Belgium, Spotify planning Japan launch

By | Published on Monday 15 October 2012


German-based Spotify competitor Simfy last week withdrew its ad-supported freemium service from the Belgian market, telling users that licensing costs in the country were just too high. The subscription-based premium service will continue to be available in the country, where Simfy launched last November.

Meanwhile, talking of Spotify, word has it that the Swedish streaming platform is planning a launch in Japan in early 2013. According to paidContent, talks are already underway with the labels there. Subscription-based streaming services have been slow to launch in Japan, mainly because of reservations in the labels there, though Sony got its Music Unlimited service live in the country earlier this year.