Online music sales up in first quarter

JIJI

The Recording Industry Association of Japan said Monday that online music sales in the January-March quarter came to ¥10.887 billion, up slightly from ¥10.853 billion the previous year and the first rise in 4½ years.

Sales from “subscription services” that offer unlimited listening via personal computers or smartphones quadrupled to ¥1.561 billion, according to the RIAJ. Album sales meanwhile rose 27 percent to ¥2.147 billion.

On the other hand, sales of single tracks declined 15 percent to ¥5.274 million. Sales of singles rendered as mobile phone ring tones sank 51 percent to ¥324 million, while sales of single titles designed for waiting music fell 20 percent to ¥1.067 billion.