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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...
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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.
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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.
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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...
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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)...
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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...
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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...
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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
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‘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...
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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...
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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...
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‘Hundreds of thousands’ watched Spotify Japan livestream

We reported last month about Spotify’s plans to host a livestreamed concert branded under its ‘Tokyo Super Hits’ playlist. The gig took place last week, and according to Spotify it attracted “hundreds...