MQA founder talks music quality, streaming and immersive audio
As the founder of music technology firm MQA – and before that of Meridian Audio – Bob Stuart has plenty of views on audio quality and the evolution of music services. This week, he shared them in a keynote interview...
September 10, 2021
Now Apple will let ‘reader’ apps link out to manage accounts
There is more news on how Apple is adjusting its App Store policies in response to regulatory pressures around the world. Japan is the focus this time.
September 2, 2021
Space Shower Fuga signs deals with 15 Japanese music services
Last year, distributor Fuga announced a partnership with Space Shower Networks to launch a joint venture in Japan in 2021. Now it has opened for business.
September 2, 2021
Japanese distributor NexTone adds digital ArtLed division
We reported earlier this week on the growth of the music streaming market in Japan, but also on the still-bumpy transition for a country where physical sales are still the biggest chunk of industry revenues. That industry...
June 16, 2021
Japan’s physical decline still outweighs streaming growth
Revenues from music streaming subscriptions in Japan grew by 128% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2021, according to figures published by industry body the RIAJ. Those subscriptions generated ¥14.62bn (around $133.4m)...
June 15, 2021
Tokyo’s Suntory Hall venue launches its digital version
Suntory Hall is a popular music venue in Tokyo, but like others across the world has been closed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Now it is making its move in livestreaming with the launch of 'Digital Suntory Hall'. It plans...
May 24, 2021
Japanese recorded music industry hopes for recovery in 2021
Japanese music industry body the RIAJ expects the recorded music market there to make a modest recovery in 2021, after a difficult 2020 in which overall revenues fell by 9%. That included a 15% drop in physical music sales...
May 14, 2021
Country Profile – Japan 2021
Recorded music revenue took a dive in Japan in 2020, although there may be signs that the country is finally coming around to streaming
May 13, 2021
‘Livestreaming has not been a growth category: it’s been an exploitation category’
We recently held the first ever Music Ally Japan Digital Summit, with more than 1,100 people registering for the event that took place online on 20-22 April. We're now publishing the video from one of its sessions, exploring...
May 13, 2021
Recorded music revenues in Japan declined by 9% in 2020
We recently predicted that there might be some bad news from Japan’s recorded music industry in its 2020 figures, and unfortunately we were right. You can see the overall figures here, which show a 15% year-on-year...
March 12, 2021
Deezer launches a global channel for Japanese music
If K-Pop can take over the global music world, what price J-Pop achieving similar success? It’s not happened yet, but Deezer sees an international appetite for Japanese music, and the streaming service is launching...
February 25, 2021