BMG Japan and Apple today announced the availability of top Japanese and international artists on the iTunes Store in Japan. The addition of the BMG Japan catalog brings top J-POP and international artists to the iTunes Store beginning today, including Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Foo Fighters, Justin Timberlake, Kasabian, Outkast, Pink, Seamo, Suga Shikao, Sukima Switch, Usher and more.
“BMG Japan is delighted to join forces with Apple to make the wealth of our catalogue available through the iTunes Store in Japan.” said Mr. Daniel DiCicco, EVP and co. general manager of BMG Japan, in the press release. “We look forward to continuing to drive BMG Japan’s digital development through this very important relationship by connecting the iTunes community to top J-Pop and international artists from BMG Japan.”
“Top artists, breakthrough pricing, seamless integration with iPod and groundbreaking personal use rights have made iTunes the number one online music service in Japan,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, in the press release. “We’re thrilled to bring BMG’s impressive catalog to iTunes so fans in Japan can download and enjoy even more great music.”
The iTunes Store in Japan now features a catalog of more than two million songs, 3,500 music videos, Disney and Pixar short films, 65,000 podcasts and 16,000 audiobooks. Over 90 percent of songs in Apples iTunes Store are priced at 150 yen per song. iTunes is the number one online music service in the world, with over 1.5 billion songs purchased and downloaded. BMG Japan will continue to add more of its extensive catalog to the iTunes Store in the coming months.
iTunes 7 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download from http://www.apple.com/jp/itunes/
Purchase and download of songs and videos from the iTunes Store requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase. Music fans in Japan have the option to use iTunes Cards for cash purchases on the iTunes Store.
BMG Japan is the wholly owned music entertainment company operated by SONY BMG Music Entertainment within the Japanese market and its labels include Arista, J Records, RCA and Zomba.
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