“The No. 1 song in Japan in 2005 was ‘Seishun Amigo’ by male duo Shuji to Akira, but you could say the year’s biggest hit was really Apple Computer’s iPod music player. As of the middle of November, iPods had a roughly 60 percent share of Japan’s portable digital music-player market, according to Tokyo-based industry publication WebBCN Ranking, leaving arch-rival Sony well behind at just under 10 percent of the market,” Steve McClure reports for The Daily Yomiuri. “Helping spur iPod sales was the Aug. 4 launch of Apple’s iTunes Music Store Japan, which claimed to have reached the 1-million-sales mark in its first four days of operation. Apple also claims that iTunes is Japan’s top music-download site.”
McClure reports, “Despite all the hoopla surrounding iTunes’ long-awaited debut in Japan, PC-based downloads still account for just a fraction of total music sales in Japan. Even so, PC download sales by the RIAJ’s members in the July-September quarter totaled 2.3 million tracks, up 125 percent. Meanwhile, mobile-based downloads (including full single tracks, ring tones and master ring tones) totaled 72.1 million in the same period, up 25 percent.”
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