“Sony said on Monday it was in talks with Apple Computer about a possible launch of an online music download service for Japanese users of Apple’s hot-selling iPod digital music player… Now the two companies could set aside their rivalries to allow iPod users in Japan to access Sony’s roster of Japanese artists,” Agence France-Presse reports.
“‘We are negotiating with Apple over the download business and hope to expand our customer base to iPod users,’ said Yasuhi Ide, a spokesperson for Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc. Last month Apple started its online music service in Japan, the world’s second-biggest music market after the United States, to offer one million songs to iPod users… It made an impressive start, hitting one million downloads within just four days, the fastest pace in the 20 countries where Apple’s online music service is available… With over 21 million users worldwide, the iPod is far more popular in Japan than Sony’s Walkman,” Agence France-Presse reports.
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This could mean nothing more than that the addition of Sony to Apple’s iTunes Music Store Japan is coming soon.
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