Japanese music streaming service Line Music isn’t just in Japan: it’s also in countries including Taiwan. Well, it was. The company has announced plans to suspend its streaming service in Taiwan from the start of August, although according to news site Focus Taiwan, it will still sell ringtones, background music and access to live concerts there.
Line Music described the decision as a “service transition” without giving any reasons for the shutdown, although the article speculates that it had been struggling against competition from Spotify, KKBox and Apple Music in Taiwan.
According to the IFPI, Taiwan was the 28th biggest market for recorded music globally in 2021, although its revenues only grew by 2.2% to $88m that year. The body’s Global Music Report said that Apple Music, KKBox, MyMusic, Spotify and YouTube were the top five DSPs last year in Taiwan by subscribers – although not necessarily in that order, since the list was sorted alphabetically for the report.
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