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Apple adds 1,000+ Chinese tracks to 15 iTunes stores

“Apple and Universal Music are expanding their range to online music consumers by selling Chinese-language pop music for the first time in North America and Europe,” reports the Financial Times.

“More than 1,000 tracks by top Chinese artists on the books of Universal, the world’s biggest record company, including Jacky Cheung, Kelly Chen, Hacken Lee and Alan Tam, will be available from Apple’s iTunes stores in 15 countries, including the US, UK and Canada.

Universal says it is the first time this range of Chinese music will be legally available online outside its region of origin.”

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21

The Chinese songs on iTunes really blow!

Old, sappy, and dated.  I think Universal pulled a fast one on Apple by selling them this crap.

I run a MandarinRadio on Live 365 and I wouldn’t play 99% of these songs.  Mandarin Pop is actually quite good if you enjoy modern light rock.

I don’t completly agree about Pinyin. It seems that there are plenty of ways for those who read Chinese to get music online.

By using pinyin you open the music up to a world audience in a way that relates to the song.  For instance, a song like Edison Chen’s “Wo Zhi Dao Ni De Bi Mi” could be translated to “I Know Your Secret”. But how would a non-Chinese speaker be able to relate the song title to the song?  With pinyin, it sounds like the title.

To be honest though, I use both transtations and/or Pinyin for song titles on Mandarin Radio.

Posted by mandarinradio in USA on February 20, 2005 at 10:50 AM (PDT)

22

i agree that iTunes is making a big step to add world music (note: the world music they have now is old and boring artists that i feel no one barely listens to) however, i agree with the statement that they should focus on more regions like Germany i personally like j-pop, k-pop, and c-pop but the only one i can find now is j-pop on iTunes which is a tiny section and when they do add the other genres (beyond what i ask for earlier) they should have different versions so that everyone can understand what they are buying and listening to (i am just basically asking for myt favorites Fahrenheit, S.H.E., Ariel Lin, and etc… for Taiwanese artists so please add) iTunes thanks though for being willing to change for your consumers

Posted by blessed3131 on April 14, 2008 at 9:05 PM (PDT)

23

Contemporary Chinese Artists are no longer on iTunes Canada! Bring them back, please!

Posted by Richard Chiang on July 22, 2011 at 7:45 PM (PDT)

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