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Introduction

New figures published by Japanese recorded-music trade association the RIAJ show that digital music sales grew in the first nine months of this year at a faster rate than in the same period of 2017.

Highlights

  • New figures published by Japanese recorded-music trade association the RIAJ show that digital music sales grew in the first nine months of this year at a faster rate than in the same period of 2017.
  • Japan's record companies look to be heading for a very positive year, but questions remain over the longer-term fortunes for the recorded-music sector, given the ongoing dominance of physical formats.

Features and Benefits

  • Details recorded-music sales in Japan in the first nine months of 2018.
  • Examines sales by format and suggests that Japan may be headed the same way as South Korea, where CD album sales remain popular alongside rising music subscription sales.

Key questions answered

  • What is the biggest recorded-music format in terms of value in Japan?
  • What share of total recorded-music revenue in Japan is generated by music subscriptions?

Table of contents

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  • Summary
  • Japan heading for annual recorded-music sales growth
  • Audio subscriptions closing in on the digital tipping point
  • Physical sales continue to defy the global trend

Appendix

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