LISMO is an online music service provided by au, a Japanese mobile phone brand run by KDDI, a Japanese telecommunication company. This service uses a mobile phone as a music player. This service was introduced on January 19, 2006, and the service began operating at the end of January in Japan. The first mobile phone which supports LISMO was sold on January 26, 2006. Since 2008, KDDI and Okinawa Cellular introduced 'LISMO Video', a new service with new means to enjoy video content as well.

In April 2013, KDDI acquired Taiwanese streaming service KKBOX.[1] The LISMO and KKBOX services were merged under the KKBOX name. KKBOX is now expanding into other Asian markets.


LISMO is short for au Listen Mobile service. The "LIS" in "LISMO" is pronounced the same as "risu", the Japanese word for "squirrel".

Setting of mascot

LISMO-kun at KDDI Designing Studio
LISMO-kun at KDDI Designing Studio

The mascot of this service is LISMO-kun. It is a silhouette of a squirrel carrying an orange logo with earphones connected to it. Some original goods of this mascot are sold only at the "LISMO FOREST" of KDDI Designing Studio.

Supported phones

LISMO is supported by CDMA 1X WIN phones.[2]

Released in 2006
Released in 2007
Released in 2008
Released in 2009


Function overview

This system provides the following functions;

File format

Under investigation

The music file has .KMF extension on the phone and becomes .KDR on the PC, the codec is HE-AAC with 48 kbit/s bitrate, which is same as au's full track ringtone service.

Core services


This service is available only in Japan as of January 2006.

Some issues

Although all phones in Japan have an option to switch to English, phones from AU are not truly bilingual. Phones from AU use same software for all phone models (e.g. LISMO player, etc.). This software has not been translated. Thus, it is not easy for non-speakers of Japanese to use it as compared to in-built music players provided by AU competitors (such as NTT Docomo, Softbank, etc.)


LISMO commercials, which changes approx. every 3 months, use many songs by J-pop artists. On March 5, 2008, an album titled Best of LISMO! was released. The album contains all 10 songs used in LISMO commercials that aired by the Summer 2007.[3]

List of songs used in the commercial (in order of which the commercial aired):

  1. Hana - Orange Range
  2. Ishindenshin - Orange Range
  3. Keep Tryin' - Hikaru Utada
  4. By My Melody - Ken Hirai
  5. Mikazuki - Ayaka
  6. Lovers Again - Exile
  7. Cherry - Yui
  8. Tashika ni - Angela Aki
  9. Stay with Me - Kumi Koda

See also


  1. ^ "アジア最大の音楽配信サービス「KKBOX」 — KKBOX Japan 合同会社 松山泰士氏インタビュー". Musicman-NET. Retrieved 2015-12-17.
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  3. ^ "JBOOK: Best of LISMO!" (in Japanese). Retrieved 2008-02-08.