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Apple wants 80% of Japan's music player market

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 16 Jan 2005 7:08 User comments (1)

Apple wants 80% of Japan's music player market Apple is pushing for 80% of Japan's portable digital music player market with the launch of its new iPod shuffle. Apple Vice President Yoshiaki Sakito said the company has received more prerelease orders for the new iPod shuffle in Japan than those placed for the iPod mini player, which became a blockbuster last year. Apple currently has about 50% of the digital music player market in Japan. Apple will realize the goal with the flash memory-based iPod shuffle digital music player to be launched in Japan tomorrow, Sakito said. Apple's latest player, the iPod shuffle stores less music than the existing iPods which use HDD's, but it's also smaller and costs less.
In Japan, it is expected to retail at around 10,000 yen (US$98), about half the price of similar products sold by other manufacturers. Apple also owns the hugely successful iTunes music store and expects to launch a store in Japan early in 2005. It would not take 12 months before the Apple group starts the service in Japan, Sakito said.

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116.1.2005 16:09

Guess this means all those smart people in Japan who invent 80% of the stuff we hold dear are all morons too. No, wait. Maybe they know an great-looking, well-made product when they see one like the ka-billion Americans that also own one.

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