“What! You haven’t got an iPod? Millions worldwide are choosing to listen to Apple iPods and that’s bad news for Sony,” Justin McCurry reports from Tokyo for The Age. “The telltale white wires protruding from dozens of ears on a busy Tokyo street say it all: these are heady days for Apple in Japan. In a world once dominated by Sony, Apple’s iPod leads the market in digital music players, with a 36 per cent stake against Sony’s 22 per cent.”
“For an already embattled Sony, more unwelcome news arrived earlier this month in the form of Apple’s long-anticipated launch of the Japanese version of the iTunes online music store,” McCurry reports. “Within four days, iTunes Japan had sold a million songs, a feat that took a week in the United States. By contrast, Mora, the online music site affiliated with Sony, delivers 450,000 downloads a month.”
“Analysts agree that the momentum is with the visitor from California… Sony, the inventor of the Walkman is not panicking just yet. The iPod may be the most popular hard-drive player in Japan but among smaller, flash-memory players, Sony leads the Japanese market ahead of the iPod shuffle, which is best suited to online downloads and consequently suffered from iTunes’ late introduction,” McCurry reports. “‘I don’t know if talk of Apple dominance is really 100 per cent true,’ says David Yang, a spokesman for Sony Corporate Communications.'”
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It will be interesting to see how Japan’s flash-based player market shakes out now that Apple’s iTunes Music Store Japan is up and running.
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