In Japan, Package (CD+musicDVD) market is 300 billion yen (about 3.9 billion US＄） Digital distribution market is 180 billion yen（about 2.3 billion US＄） A Character of Japanese digital market is much rate of mobile market. About 89% of digital market is in mobile. And mainly it is the ringtone, not the ring back tone. ” chaku uta”, ringtone music, is popular in Japan. I guess the iTunes Store is the king of pratform on digital music distribution all over the world. In Japan iTunes Store is a looser. There are 2 reasons why iTunes can’t come through in Japan. First, some record companies don’t provide songs for iTunes. Sony Music Entertainment, the leading company in the Japanese music industry, supply no songs. It’s an in convenience to customers. Secondly, Rental CD shops exit. Copyright law in Japan has an exception to this rule. It’s available to lend CDs for customers. There are over 3000 shops that “distribute” lend CD’s … Continue reading
I try to explain about situation and system of music biz. in Japan. Japanese CD’s market have become the biggest in the world since 2008. It has shrink but more slowly than the other countries. There are three reasons of slowness. 1) fixed price policy 2) closed system of authorized stores 3) character of Japanese customers 1)fixed price policy it’ s called “resell system” in Japanese. but the correct word is fixed price system in law. all stores must sell at fixed prices about CDs. So record companies can keep their profits. 2)closed system of authorized stores In principle Japanese record companies sell CDs only for authorized stores or wholesale dealers. The contacts that companies sign with stores presupposes to deal with regularly and constantly. The companies can communicate with stores ongoing relationship. Users can’t buy CDs except at specialized stores. 3)character of Japanese customers This reason is not clear. Generally speaking, Japanese music users loves packages. In certainly Japanese CDs’ Jackets are very gorgeous. There are various special specification of CDs. I guess that it may be Japanese style. Otherwise Japanese market of CDs is no.1 in the world. Record companies are a struggling business. same as in other countries. I would like to tell the situation and history for people overseas. Next theme on this column will be “online music distribution” in Japan now. Thank you!
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