“Japanese consumers have downloaded one million songs from Apple’s iTunes digital music service since it launched on Thursday, the company has said,” BBC News reports. “Apple said the launch of the iTunes online music store, which sells songs by domestic and international artists, had been a ‘huge success.'”
BBC News reports, “Japan became the twentieth country, and the first in Asia, to offer iTunes. It has sold more than 500 million songs worldwide, accounting for 80% of all legally downloaded music in the US. The success of iTunes has helped Apple reinforce its pre-eminence in the digital music technology market. ‘If they have a very successful launch in Japan, there is a very good chance that iTunes will become the de facto standard,’ said John Yang, equity analyst at Standard & Poor’s.”
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