Over eight years since its initial launch, Spotify has finally announced it will be providing its streaming services to the Japanese market for the first time. This will mark the 60th international market the Scandinavian music streaming giant has tapped into thus far.

Japan, notoriously, has been a difficult shell to crack in the streaming game. Buyers are still, more than any other major market, devoted to the CD. But for Spotify, it was fair to assume moving to the market was somewhat of an inevitability.

Spotify Founder and CEO Daniel Ek announced the move, noting that Spotify will be the first streaming service in Japan to provide "both a free-to-the-user ad-supported music service and a fully featured ad-free subscription service."

"We’re incredibly excited to launch Spotify with a uniquely Japanese music experience," he says. "With Spotify’s revolutionary discovery and personalisation features that fit your every mood, we aim to help people enjoy more music and connect more artists with fans than ever before."

The service will start as a BETA-invite-only, with the ad-free version (Premium) costing 980 yen ($9.7 USD) per month. It can be used on mobile, tablet, desktop, and PlayStation systems. Much of the regular amenities afforded to users in other countries will, of course, be provided to Japanese users, including: Discover Weekly, Release Radar, International Playlists, local file support, and the brand new lyric feature that runs alongside the streaming music.

Ichiro Tamaki, former Vice President of Amazon Devices and Kindle Content, Japan, was announced as Spotify's General Manager, Japan, which will operate out of Tokyo. Hannes Graah will move on from his role of Spotify's Managing Director, Japan, to the new Global Head of New Markets.

Those seeking an invite can head to the Spotify website.