The top tech stories of 2016

/ Dec 30, 2016

The top tech stories of 2016

The Japan Times newsroom selected these tech and digital stories as the most important of 2016. 1. All systems go: For a few weeks in the summer, it seemed to be all that anyone was talking about was “Pokemon Go,” an augmented-reality game you ...

Can Spotify dent streaming-averse Japan?

| Oct 24, 2016

Can Spotify dent streaming-averse Japan?

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Spotify’s long-awaited launch last month has industry watchers wondering whether it will make a major breakthrough in altering Japan’s $3 billion music industry, where 80 percent of sales still come from CDs and other physical formats. With most of the world’s major streaming services ...

Record industry warily embraces Apple Music

Jun 11, 2015

Record industry warily embraces Apple Music

A decade ago, Apple Inc. helped revitalize a music industry hit hard by online piracy with its iTunes Store. Now, amid a steady slump in digital downloads, the industry is hopeful that the tech giant’s new streaming service will give record companies another desperately ...

Spotify, Pandora help slow decline in record sales

Apr 17, 2015

Spotify, Pandora help slow decline in record sales

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The decline in worldwide recorded-music revenues slowed last year as more people subscribed to online services. The proportion of sales from digital destinations equaled those from physical formats for the first time. Global revenue for the industry, whose best-selling album was the movie soundtrack ...

Jay Z lays blueprint for streaming success

Mar 17, 2015

Jay Z lays blueprint for streaming success

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Hip-hop megastar Jay Z, real name Shawn Carter, has fulfilled all the conditions to complete a takeover of Swedish technology company Aspiro, after shareholders gave the necessary approval to his offer. The Roc-A-Fella boss will hope that success is beyond reasonable doubt for Aspiro, ...

Bjork won't stream breakup album online

Mar 3, 2015

Bjork won't stream breakup album online

Bjork has become the latest among a small number of pop stars to refuse to stream an album, saying it was a matter of “respect” for artists. Bjork Gudmundsdottir, who goes by her first name, surprised fans when she suddenly put a digital version ...

Dec 23, 2014

Lower sales affected acts worldwide

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The Japanese music market has faced hard times as of late. Starting with an announcement from the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry in March that the country’s music sales dropped 16.7 percent in 2013, the past 12 months saw no particular upswing in ...