It has been made known today that iTunes Japan has sold more than 1 million songs in its first four days of service. This has more than doubled the monthly sales of all Japanese online music stores combined. A mere four days after the launch of the service there, Japan was the fastest of all 20 iTunes countries to have downloaded 1 million songs.
"iTunes has become Japan's number one online music store in just four days," Apple CEO Steve Jobs said. "iTunes has sold twice as many songs in just four days as all the other online music services in Japan sell in one month."
Apple entered a crowded playing field when it launched the iTunes music store in Japan, making these figures all the more impressive; Sony, Yahoo and Exite have had similar services for some time. Part of the reason for the great level of success may be that Apple is offering digital music to consumers in Japan at a cost lower than current rival services.