Japanese iTunes Store Enhancements: iTunes Plus, 3G Downloads, Ringtones, Complete My Album

Yesterday, we noted that the music component of iTunes in the Cloud was rolling out to Japanese users, allowing them to freely download any music content previously purchased from the iTunes Store. But as now summarized by 9to5Mac, various reports in the Japanese media reveal that the additions have been much more extensive and have brought Apple's Japanese iTunes Store offerings nearly on par with most of the company's other major markets.

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Highlighting some of the changes, Apple has posted a What's New page [Google translation] for iTunes on its Japanese site. The new additions include:

- 3G downloads: Music downloads from iOS devices had previously been restricted to Wi-Fi only, but users can now access content over 3G networks.

- iTunes Plus: The Japanese iTunes Store now supports the DRM-free 256 kbps iTunes Plus format, up from the previous 128 kbps versions carrying usage restrictions. Labels will need to upgrade their content to the new standard, so it may take some time for all music to become available in iTunes Plus format.

- Ringtones: Music ringtones are now available for purchase in the Japanese iTunes Store.

- Mastered for iTunes: Rolling out on a worldwide basis, Apple is now featuring songs and albums that have been specifically mastered for the iTunes Store to provide the best sound quality for the format.

- Complete My Album: Users who previously purchased individual tracks from an album can now purchase the entire album for a discounted price based on a credit for their individual-track purchases.

As for iTunes Match, Apple's subscription service currently available in 37 countries that allows users to either match or upload their entire music libraries regardless of source for access from any iCloud-enabled device, the company is reportedly planning to bring the program to Japan during the second half of 2012.

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applefan289 Avatar
141 months ago
What is this "Mastered for iTunes"? This is the first I hear of it.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
canuckcomp Avatar
141 months ago
Conspicuously absent from iOS media players!

iOS NEEDS to support "iTunes LP" and iTunes' movie "Extras". These more enhanced interfaces for iTunes content can only be seen on macs and PCs within iTunes, itself; not any iOS device including even Apple TV. In fact, while the main movie of an iTunes Extra title you buy is available for synching with iOS devices and Apple TV playback, the included bonus material is not due to the fact that this content is bundled within the Extras of LP package (locked file). I dug into an iTunes extra package I bought (James Bod A Quantum of Solace) and it's all nothing more than HTML5...which iOS supports.

Given how Apple is trying to drive iOS so hard this is way WAY overdue.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
grapemac Avatar
141 months ago
What is this "Mastered for iTunes"? This is the first I hear of it.

http://www.apple.com/itunes/mastered-for-itunes/
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
BobbyRond Avatar
141 months ago
AMAZING! I'm glad this was on the front page for fear of missing this vital info.

MacRumors is just pleasing their Japanese users. I think. :D
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ChristianVirtual Avatar
141 months ago
AMAZING! I'm glad this was on the front page for fear of missing this vital info.
Believe it or not: there are people living in Japan ... And they use Apple ... And read MR ... yoroshiku onegaishimasu
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Yvan256 Avatar
141 months ago
"- Mastered for iTunes: Rolling out on a worldwide basis, Apple is now featuring songs and albums that have been specifically mastered for the iTunes Store to provide the best sound quality for the format."

AKA Musicians who're writing their music with MP3 compression in mind.

It's actually the opposite, most CDs these days sound like crap (no matter which music it has on it) because of dynamic range compression (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loudness_war) (as in loudness, not as in data bitrate like with MP3 and similar).

Also, Apple uses AAC, not MP3. ;)
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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