Spotify is reportedly is talks with record labels about opening up shop in Japan - the world's second biggest music market – around January 2013.
The move could open up a lucrative Asian opportunity for the music service, which already has its feet on the ground in places like Tokyo, Hong Kong and Beijing.
The top five largest music markets (in order) are the US, Japan, Germany, the UK and France. Spotify is in four of those countries, and a launch in Japan could help the service to expand into other Asian territories.
In Japan, the subscription streaming model was practically unheard of until this summer, when Sony’s Music Unlimited launched as only the country’s first legal subscription music service.