Apple tramples Sony in Japan: iPod grabs 60-percent share of DMP market, Sony drops under 10-percent

“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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25 Comments

  1. eric,
    I thought Sony’s rootkit would not work on the Mac OS?
    Yet another example of how most software doesn’t work on Mac’s ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

  2. Wonder how much money sony left on the table by not piggybacking on itunes and the peripheral market. I said it long ago … ‘Abandon all hope ye who seeketh to….’

    MW: What now, sony, change of plan?

  3. Wait … no! This can’t be happening ….?

    Windows …. Windows Media Player …. Help me!

    Windows …. must …. … glarrggggg ….

    Cheap …. cheaper …. cheapest ….

    Must ….. shut …… down ………..

    BBBlllllooooommmmmffffaaaaaarrrrggggg!!!!

  4. “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.””

    No wonder the mobile phone companies are protective of their download business.

    I am amazed how retarded people are. Why the hell is anyone willing to spend more money for a 20 second ring tone than they do for an actual song? Someone please explain this to me.

  5. You are 100% on the money critic. I know of a person who allowed her niece to download ring-tones on her phone. That phone bill was really disappointing for her. Four bucks a pop really can add up. =(

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