iTunes Japan hits 'inadequate DRM' hurdle

Apple's plan to open a Japanese version of its iTunes Music Store could be scuppered on local music companies' fears that its DRM technology, FairPlay, simply isn't restrictive enough...

Existing Japanese digital music services do not support CD burning. They also charge from ¥200 ($1.83) a song - rather more than the Yen equivalent of the US store's $0.99 (¥108) download fee...

Source: The Register

It sounds to me like it sucks being a Japanese digital music lover!

Comments (1)

stewy:

For many years Japan has had 'record rental' shops. Here you can hire a CD, just like a video or DVD for a few days. Many people copy these to MD, tape or CDR.
Record companies seem to penalize you if you're honest about buying music - most Japanese CDs sell for around $25-30.

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