Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Mobile music market still growing in Japan, mostly through fulltrack downloads

The Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) has released its quarterly figures for music sales in Japan, including statistics on mobile music sales by members.

The figures show that the mobile music market is continuing to grow, with sales of 12.4 billion yen (136% sales from the same quarter last year) on 86 million individual downloads.

Breaking the figures down further, it becomes clear that most of the growth has been in fulltrack downloads, with sales of 4.7 billion yen (201% of sales in the same quarter last year).

The growth in fulltrack downloads isn’t surprising as operators (in particular au) have been actively pushing their new fulltrack download services and there have been a slew of new music phones leaving the handset factories.

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