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Sony to launch online music service in Japan

Sony to launch online music service in Japan

The service has already been rolled out in 16 other countries and the company hopes flat fees, unlimited listens and accessibility through mobile and gaming devices will help close the gap with iTunes, which started offering downloads in Japan in 2005.

Until Music Unlimited becomes available locally, Japanese customers who want to buy songs from Sony online can only do so through other providers, including iTunes, meaning Sony has to split the revenue with those providers.

Music Unlimited, launched under the name Qriocity in the UK and Ireland in 2010, lets users stream songs via Web-connected Bravia televisions, some Walkman models, PlayStation game players, personal computers and Android-based mobile phones.

Renamed in August 2011, it has boosted its catalogue to 15 million songs released by Sony's own music units.

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