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Tokyo event may bring iTunes Japan launch

updated 08:15 am EDT, Wed July 27, 2005

iTunes Japan launch

Apple Japan has invited journalists to a . The event, which is scheduled for August 4 at 10am at the Tokyo International Forum, may bring the official debut of the iTunes Music Store, according to the report. Macworld UK say that Japan is the world's third-biggest music sales market and that Apple has been negotiating with labels since 2003 to offer the local equivalent of a 99c per track tariff, while the labels have been pushing a price equivalent of $1.50. "Japanese CDs cost in the region of 20 each. With CD prices set so high it's no wonder that Japanese CD rental services are highly popular, leading cash-strapped local music lovers to illegally rip music from rented albums."




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  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    J-pop

    And let's hope that, just like with some Chinese artists, at least some important Japanese artist will also be available in other iTune Music stores all over the world... I'll keep my chopsticks crossed.

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Da phone! Da phone!

    And heck, who knows, maybe we'll see the iTunes phone here. You know, the phone that "needs it's own event"?

  1. enken

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    welcome to Japan

    We've been desperately waited for the day. Japanese iPOD users will not be isolated any more!But the price is annoying me.$1.4 per song is too expensive.

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