Warner Music Japan Catalog Now Available on the iTunes Store in Japan
Top Japanese & International Artists Including Ayaka, Kobukuro, Rip Slyme, Linkin Park, Madonna & Red Hot Chili Peppers Now on iTunes
TOKYO (rushprnews) June 7, 2007â€”Warner Music Japan and AppleÂ® today announced the addition of the Warner Music Japan catalog to the iTunesÂ® Store in Japan (www.apple.com/jp/itunes/).
Â The Warner Music Japan catalog brings top J-POP and international artists to the iTunes Store including Ayaka, Bonnie Pink, Green Day, Kobukuro, Linkin Park, Madonna, Mariya Takeuchi, My Chemical Romance, Red Hot Chili Peppers, R.E.M. and Rip Slyme. The leading J-POP duo Kobukuro are making their music available online for download for the first time ever and the exclusive world premiere of Ayakaâ€™s new video for the hit track â€œJewelry Dayâ€ is debuting on the iTunes Store.
â€œWeâ€™re delighted to make the Warner Japan catalog available on the iTunes Store for the first time,â€ said Lachie Rutherford, President, Warner Music Asia Pacific. â€œWeâ€™re proud to be marking the event with exclusive content from some of our most exciting acts and look forward to music fans being able to download their favorite Warner artists from iTunes.â€
â€œiTunes is the most popular online music store in the world and now we have an incredible catalog of over four million songs available to music fans in Japan,â€ said Eddy Cue, Appleâ€™s vice president of iTunes. â€œWe continually strive to offer the best selection of music and are thrilled to bring Warner Music Japanâ€™s extensive catalog to the iTunes Store.â€
The iTunes Store in Japan now features a vast catalog of more than four million songs, 5,000 music videos, Disney and Pixar short films, 100,000 podcasts and 25,000 audiobooks. With over 90 percent of songs priced at just 150 yen per song, the iTunes Store offers the great value and features that have made iTunes the number one online music service in the world, with over 2.5 billion songs purchased and downloaded. Warner Music Japan will continue to add more of its extensive catalog to the iTunes Store in the coming months.
With Appleâ€™s legendary ease of use, pioneering features such as integrated podcasting support, iMix playlist sharing, seamless integration with iPodÂ® and groundbreaking personal use rights, the iTunes Store is the best way for PC and MacÂ® users to legally discover, purchase and download music and video online.
iTunes 7 for Mac and Windows includes the iTunes Store and is available as a free download from www.apple.com/jp/itunes. Purchase and download of songs and videos from the iTunes Store requires a valid credit card with a billing address in the country of purchase. Music fans in Japan have the option to use iTunes Cards for cash purchases on the iTunes Store.
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