Sunday, September 21, 2014

CDs still a big player in the Japanese market

Interesting story in the NYT this week. Apparently the market for digital downloads, seen as the media-killer here in the US, is not growing everywhere. In fact, digital downloading is on the decrease in Japan where CDs are still the dominant means of purchasing music.  All sorts of theories are posited here, ranging from the unique Japanese love of collecting to the maturity of the market, with some insiders arguing that the industry must crack the downloading market there if it is to survive. Seems CDs are now seen as the problem not the solution. Oh dear. 

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