Apple Computer Inc. plans to begin its iTunes Music Store online music downloading service in Japan in early August, The Nihon Keizai Shimbun learned Monday. Apple’s service is expected to offer the largest collection among Japanese music downloading sites, with 500,000 to 1 million domestic and foreign songs. Mora, currently the biggest Japanese music downloading site, offers around 200,000 songs.
The firm has not been able to launch iTunes Music Store in Japan because negotiations with record companies have dragged on due to disagreements on the price and handling of copyrights. Meanwhile, other firms have started music downloading services in Japan, targeting users of cellular phones with song downloading capabilities. Via: Nikkei.