updated 01:40 pm EDT, Thu October 26, 2006
BMG Japanese artists, iTMS
BMG Japan and Apple today announced the availability of Japanese and international artists on iTunes in Japan. The addition of the BMG Japan catalog brings top J-POP and international artists to the iTunes Store, 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 Daniel DiCicco, executive vice president of BMG Japan. "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. "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 vast catalog of more than two million songs, 3,500 music videos, Disney and Pixar short films, 65,000 podcasts and 16,000 audiobooks. With over 90 percent of songs priced at 150 yen per song, the iTunes Store boasts more than 1.5 billion songs purchased and downloaded, according to Apple. BMG Japan will continue to add more of its extensive catalog to the iTunes Store in the coming months.