An interesting entry. I am a japanese old man (over 50 years old!), and I did not know that Japan is an exception in terms of CD sales. In Japan, too, music indutry is busy blaming online music services like iTune and piracy for declining CD sales. Some brick-and-mortar CD stores have closed. Although the Tower Records is doing well. So it might be just a problem of business strategy. You may be right that japanese have ‘collectors’ DNA in our blood. My father, 80 years old, has a big collection of vinyl records. I believe many people of his age did the same when they were young.
The country that is known for the world’s best technology and video games…
…Japan is one of the few countries in the world that is still buying CDs!
As you can tell, I’m kind of out of things to write about today HAHA but I think that it’s notable that Japan is still buying physical CD’s since we are struggling to sell over 100,000 copies in the first few weeks of a new release in the US!
Japan is known for Hello Kitty, Nintendo, and of course technology, but what I didn’t know before now is that the hobby known as “collecting” is all the rage there!
Thus it’s not good enough to get a digital copy of an album or to stream it on Spotify or Rdio. The country that birthed technology is not even able to get Spotify or Rdio…
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