Warner Music Japan catalog now available on Apple’s iTunes Store in Japan

Warner Music Japan and Apple today announced the addition of the Warner Music Japan catalog to the iTunes Store in Japan. The Warner Music Japan catalog brings top J-POP and international artists to the iTunes Store including Ayaka, Bonnie Pink, Green Day, Kobukuro, Linkin Park, Madonna, Mariya Takeuchi, My Chemical Romance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M. and Rip Slyme. The leading J-POP duo Kobukuro are making their music available online for download for the first time ever and the exclusive world premiere of Ayaka’s new video for the hit track “Jewelry Day” is debuting on the iTunes Store.

“We’re delighted to make the Warner Japan catalog available on the iTunes Store for the first time,” said Lachie Rutherford, President, Warner Music Asia Pacific, in the press release. “We’re proud to be marking the event with exclusive content from some of our most exciting acts and look forward to music fans being able to download their favorite Warner artists from iTunes.”

“iTunes is the most popular online music store in the world and now we have an incredible catalog of over four million songs available to music fans in Japan,” said Eddy Cue, Apple’s vice president of iTunes, in the press release. “We continually strive to offer the best selection of music and are thrilled to bring Warner Music Japan’s extensive catalog to the iTunes Store.”

The iTunes Store in Japan now features a catalog of more than four million songs, 5,000 music videos, Disney and Pixar short films, 100,000 podcasts and 25,000 audiobooks.

Warner Music 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.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Macnut222” for the heads up.]

23 Comments

  1. I love japanese music (the traditional type) Can I have acces to the store please or can you make those tracks available for the rest of the World?

    I am sure that Japanese musicians are not allergic to foreign money!!!:-)

  2. Warner Music Japan and Sony were the last two hurdles to Apple having a bulletproof iTunes music catalog in Japan, right? I believe Sony folded sometime ago.

    Now let’s get the iPhone to Japan, the place where mobile phones pose the greatest threat to iPod.

  3. Still no Hiromi Go on the iTunes Store. And I really wanted to buy “Oyome Samba.” Sigh. I guess I have no alternative but to go to the CD rental store.

    Oh, and it’s “Kyuu” Sakamoto, not Kyo. That song isn’t available either. What have they got against the great classic Japanese hits of the ’60s and ’70s? I mean sure, everyone pretty much agrees that 99% of the music was horrible, but shouldn’t nostalgia count for something? And how else can I practice for karaoke?

  4. This is how it’s going to go down

    You have a choice:

    1: Buy a iPhone from Apple with either cash or even faster with credit card, much like the iPod sales before the holidays last year. Your in and out really fast.

    2: Get lucky and get a iPhone at a Cingular/AT&T store where you can get activation and go. Be warned a credit check and cash is best to go.

    Problem is

    If you go with “1” you have to bring the iPhone to “2” to get it activated.

    Sort of like sticking your number one in your number two. But the best part is when you hear about number 3, yep, number 3.

    3: Those already with Cingular have to pay off their current phone, but it’s easier to get a iPhone because it’s simply a upgrade!

    Drawback is there is no SIM slot on the iPhone, so that limits it’s use with other cell networks, like when you travel in other countries. US to Europe and vise versa for instance.

    MDW “week” Your week!

  5. >I believe Sony folded sometime ago.

    Sony Music Entertainment Japan (which is completely separate from SonyBMG) is still a hold out. They were still in discussion in 2005 about the possibility of selling music to iTunes Japan by early 2006 but as of current, nothing has come to pass. In the meantime, they’ve been putting their weight behind the keitai (mobile phone) music downloading market (KDDI’s Chaka Uta Full and LISMO music downloading service/store).

    Now that they are the last major label holdout, the pressure is only to going to grow. Things are going to get interesting if iPhone is able to make any sort of sizeable penetration into the Japanese keitai market (which has a massive lead in terms of handset designs and services but is coupled with really lousy software/firmware).

    >What have they got against the great classic Japanese hits of the ’60s and ’70s?

    I believe some of that is because of rights related issues. Japan has literally much more anal interpretations with regards to copyright law and getting all the necessary signatures has at times proven to be a legal roadblock.

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