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Japanese consumers ignore Spotify's 40 million tunes

OLD SCHOOL: Music lovers in Japan prefer to buy CDs and even vinyl records from brick and mortar stores such as music retail chain Tsutaya, instead of using streaming services.


ON a recent muggy afternoon in Tokyo, 21-year-old Shintaro Naganuma joined several hundred customers browsing CDs at the eight-storey downtown outpost of music retail chain Tsutaya.

Having discovered a couple of new rock artists on YouTube, the third-year university student