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The latest results by the Japanese music trade association show streaming gains have not offset the physical format decline in the first nine months of this year.


  • New figures published by Japanese recorded-music trade association the RIAJ show digital music sales grew at a slower rate in the first nine months of this year than in the prior-year period.
  • All the streaming revenue sources registered positive results, in contrast to the buy-to-own formats, which all suffered a decline.

Features and Benefits

  • Details digital trade sales in Japan for the first nine months of the year.
  • Assesses Japan's digital results in tandem with the October physical format production figures.

Key questions answered

  • How did digital trade sales in Japan perform compared with physical formats in the first six months of this year?
  • What do the digital and physical results suggest for Japan's full-year recorded-music results?

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  • Summary
  • Japan heading for dip in annual recorded-music sales
  • Audio subscriptions cross the digital tipping point
  • Physical formats still determining Japan's recorded-music fortunes


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