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Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo adds western music with Napster deal


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Streaming is finally (if slowly) taking off in Japan, thanks in part to competition from local and global services. One of those belongs to telco NTT DoCoMo, via a partnership with Japanese firm RecoChoku.

The service is called dMusic, and it offers a mix of music, playlists and videos. Now it’s getting an infusion of western music courtesy of a deal between RecoChoku and Napster.

The partnership will add 50m songs from the Powered by Napster B2B catalogue to dMusic, and represents the latest deal for Napster in Japan, following Sony Music (for its Mora Qualitas hi-res streaming service) and tech firm Rakuten (for its Rakuten Music service).

The NTT DoCoMo deal comes a month after Napster announced plans to merge with MelodyVR, having built an audience of three million users between its own Napster service, and those it runs for B2B clients.

Stuart Dredge

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