Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary app gone in Mac update

Business / Tech Oct 8, 2019

Goodbye, iTunes: Once-revolutionary app gone in Mac update

It's time to bid farewell to iTunes, the once-revolutionary program that made online music sales mainstream and effectively blunted the impact of piracy. That assumes, of course, that you still use iTunes — and many people no longer do. On iPhones, the functions have long ...

Japan jumps into the music stream

Music | Sound Off Jul 18, 2019

Japan jumps into the music stream

by Patrick St. Michel

The biggest moment for streaming music in Japan this year came via a handwritten letter. In late June, Kenta Matsumoto of pop-punk trio Wanima shared a note on Twitter announcing that his band's entire catalog would be uploaded to streaming music platforms like Spotify ...

Spotify soars to value over $26 billion in stock debut

Business Apr 4, 2018

Spotify soars to value over $26 billion in stock debut

Spotify soared Tuesday to a value of more than $26 billion in its long-awaited stock debut as the market delivered a ringing endorsement of the future of music streaming. In one of the largest public offerings ever in the tech sector, Spotify on its first ...

AmPm masters the Spotify game

Music Feb 14, 2018

AmPm masters the Spotify game

by Patrick St. Michel

The central pair behind electronic project AmPm didn't have high expectations when they flew to Jakarta last August for Spotify On Stage, a live event organized by the market-leading music streaming service. "We were the first act up, and I think most of the audience ...

AmPm's Spotify strategy bears fruit

Music | Sound Off Oct 5, 2017

AmPm's Spotify strategy bears fruit

by Patrick St. Michel

Japan's biggest breakout musical act of 2017 wear polar bear masks. The duo AmPm debuted this past spring, cloaked in fuzzy headgear and withholding all biographical information. In just over six months, the pair have had their easy-breezy electronic music released via Dutch label ...

Taylor Swift returns to Spotify after almost three-year boycott

Music Jun 9, 2017

Taylor Swift returns to Spotify after almost three-year boycott

Taylor Swift is releasing her entire catalog on all streaming services, ending the pop star's boycott of Spotify Ltd. over her ability to limit her songs to paying subscribers. The albums will become available at midnight New York time Thursday night, Swift's management said on ...

The top tech stories of 2016

Business / Tech 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 play ...

Can Spotify dent streaming-averse Japan?

Reference | FYI Oct 24, 2016

Can Spotify dent streaming-averse Japan?

by Daisuke Kikuchi

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 now ...