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Japanese musicians defy record companies to join iTunes

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By LC Angell

Contributing Editor
Published: Wednesday, August 10, 2005
News Categories: iTunes

Some Japanese musicians are trying to get their music on the iTunes Music Store, despite being under contract with Sony and other labels that haven’t signed agreements with Apple.

“At least one artist has already gone against his label to offer his songs on iTunes,” reports the Associated Press. “And a major agency that manages Japanese musicians said Wednesday it was interested in a possible deal with Apple, regardless of the recording companies’ positions.

Japanese rocker Motoharu Sano, who has a recording contract with Sony, said he is making some of his songs available on iTunes. “It is an individual’s freedom where that person chooses to listen to music. I want to deliver my music wherever my listeners are,” Sano said.

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can someone actually go around their record label and offer songs on itunes?  i would think they would have some kind of contract, but more power to him!

Posted by khyberny on August 11, 2005 at 7:01 AM (PDT)


I hope many people inside/ outside Japan will be able to enjoy Motoharu Sano’s music more freely through a new distributing system.

The article, however,  partly needs to be corrected.  Sano no longer has a recording contract with major labels, and now he is working on his own label called ‘DaisyMusic’, so.

Posted by yasa on August 11, 2005 at 8:24 PM (PDT)

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