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The Recording Industry Assoc. of Japan released their figures for 2010 indicating mobile music worth just over $920M: http://bit.ly/ktg9B7
While slightly off YoY.. still tipping nearly $1Bn annual revenues for mobile music in Japan The full .PDF – in English – is available Online Here. [Eds]
“Digital music delivery amounted to 86.0 billion yen in value and posted a decline for the first time since statistical data was first complied in 2005. Mobile digital contents, a distinctive characteristic of the Japanese market, remained dominant, while at the same time, the percentage of Internet downloads to total downloads is increasing every year. Internet downloads showed a 1% decrease on a value basis while unit production increased 6%. Specifically, albums and music videos were up 4% from the previous year. In mobile digital contents, although sales of single track downloads decreased 4% in value, its share edged up from 54.3% in the previous year to 55.3% in proportion to the overall digital music market. Mastertones continued to trend downward with a year-on-year decline of 19%, while conversely, ringback tunes posted 3% growth, reaching the same market scale as mastertones.”
Update: Interesting to compare these Japan-only, music-only (and overwhelmingly feature phone) results with report via iSuppli showing those revenues hit just under 1/2 entire 2010 global total of the App Store and over 2x that of BlackBerry App World, Android Market and Ovi.. Combined! [Eds]
Some sage advise when entering new turf; Stop, Look and Listen.. it’s also good to secure a local guide. Japan is the cradle of mobile civilization – we have been dedicated to this space since 2001 – trust our archives here offer some useful material.
Domestic activities continue to set the pace, and sharp players are looking at global markets. We have hard-earned industry expertise and trusted network of contacts with access to advanced intell. and potential deal flow. Need a lift.. Ok, buckle-up!