Music downloads to phones dominate Japanese market
Music downloads via cell phones outpaced those to digital music players by a wide margin in Japan during the first six months of 2005, according to data released last week….
Cell phone downloads including complete songs and ring tone melodies totaled 108.9 million songs during the first half of the year and were worth 13.6 billion yen ($123 million as of June 30, the last day of the period), according to figures from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ)…
In contrast, legal music downloads from the Internet to devices like portable music players totaled 2.2 million songs and were worth 538.8yen million during the same period, the RIAJ said.
Those figures mean cell phone downloads accounted for 98 percent of the market by song and 96 per cent by value during the first half….
In Get abused by your Japanese cellphone, I mentioned how Japanese consumers were with to pay more than $3 USD per song to download songs to their cellphone (which cannot be saved and played on any other device, computer or media).
Basically Japanese are paying dearly to rent music they cannot save. This is of course the way intellectual property laws now work. You don’t own any of the content, you just own the media and the right to listen to it. Bah.
Also see wireless.3yen.com’s story about Yuki and the bunny cellphone.
Japanese blogs have two exciting topics:
1) — What-I-ate-for-lunch and,
2) — My-Kitty.
What the possible motivation Japanese have for blogs-that-say-absolutely-nothing escapes me. This report quesses the reason for this popularity is that the blog of Takafumi Horie, president of Livedoor Co., drew national interest during his recent hostile takeover attempts.
Meh, the I-ate-my-cat-for-lunch blog is more interesting than Takafumi Horie’s main blog.
Blogs top list of favorite consumer items in Japan
MSN-Mainichi —-Weblogs, or personal websites, topped the list of the 10 most popular items selected by consumers in Japan during the first half of 2005, advertising giant Dentsu Inc. has said….”Star Wars Episode III, Revenge of the Sith” ranked second, followed by flat-screen television sets….
Japan plans giant broadband satellite
TOKYO — ….Japan’s Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said the new satellite will make it possible to send and receive data at a maximum speed of 100 megabits per second in mountainous areas and remote islands, as well as aboard Shinkansen bullet trains, airplanes and ships….research and development funding in its fiscal 2006 budget request and plans to begin services by 2015. The satellite will have a dish antenna measuring 66 feet in diameter. It will be four times larger in diameter and 16 times larger in surface area than a conventional satellite antenna.
The satellite will be able to receive weak signals — even a cell phone with relatively low power output would be able to communicate at a maximum speed of 10 megabits per second, or at least four times faster than existing third generation cell phones.
I don’t know why but reading about the “giant” satellite makes me giggle and think of Super Giants (ã‚¹ãƒ¼ãƒ‘ãƒ¼ã‚¸ãƒ£ã‚¤ã‚¢ãƒ³ãƒ„), Japan’s first super hero. The plurally-named singular superhero “Supa Jaiantsu“—-as it’s pronounced in Japanese— it about as grand as this government backed plan.