Japan’s Online Music Market Shrank For First Time Ever Last Year


Bad news for the Japanese music industry: the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) yesterday released [information in English] the sales figures of digital delivery in 2010 and said that the market for online music shrank for the first time last year.
Online music sales contracted by 5% year-on-year to 85.99 billion yen/$1.05 billion from the 2009 figure. According to the RIAJ, music delivery via PCs and smartphones remained relatively stable (slipping just 1% to 10.12 billion yen/$124 million).
But sales of music titles via feature phones, which represent 80% of the overall market, dropped 6% to 74.74 billion yen/$915 million.
Full breakdown (click to enlarge):

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