LINE, which started as a messaging app, has started diversifying their services. Just this week, LINE debuted a new service, titled LINE MUSIC. LINE MUSIC is a music streaming service, much like Pandora or Spotify!
LINE MUSIC currently has over 1 million tracks contributed by Sony, Avex and Universal. Guess who’s tracks are part of the 1 million? If you haven’t guessed from the picture, Danger Crue bands, whose music is distributed by Sony, have their songs available on LINE MUSIC. The bands included are Kameleo, Girugamesh, DIV and UNiTE.
Historically, music streaming, or even buying digital copies of music, has not been as big as buying CDs. In fact, in Japan, about 85% of music sales are CDs! But it’s understandable because as visual kei fans, nothing gets cooler than buying a CD and having it signed by your favorite band, then having it mounted on your wall for you to remember forever!
What do you think about visual kei music on a streaming service? Will fans buy in on it, or will they continue to contribute to the 85% CD sales in Japan?