Feeds

Toshiba to start peddling online music

But it needs to find some good songs first

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

Toshiba is getting into the online music business and will start selling music for download over the Internet next year.

The company is planning a web site to launch early next year to market the music. Each download will cost 350 yen, or around $3.25.

The music download market in Japan is beginning to hot up with major players getting in on the act. Toshiba is in fact something of a late entrant, Sony set up an online venture earlier this year with links to ten entertainment and recording sites.

Register Factoid: Apparently Toshiba actually has a record label (who knew?), a joint venture with EMI, which it is planning to merge with Time Warner Music Japan.

Toshiba itself acknowledges that its own signings will not be enough to attract punters to download music from its site. This is one of the major reasons behind its planned merger with Time Warner.

The deal may yet not go through. If the European Commission's anti trust regulators take exception to a deal between Time Warner and EMI they could block the move. ®

Related Stories

Smashing Pumpkins' MP3 tells label to fornicate off
MP3.com seeks to placate Universal
Online music sales to hit $5.4bn by 2005
EMI digital music service to debut next week
Sony Net plans to proceed with ISP launch

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
BBC goes offline in MASSIVE COCKUP: Stephen Fry partly muzzled
Auntie tight-lipped as major outage rolls on
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
Amazon Reveals One Weird Trick: A Loss On Almost $20bn In Sales
Investors really hate it: Share price plunge as growth SLOWS in key AWS division
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
There's NOTHING on TV in Europe – American video DOMINATES
Even France's mega subsidies don't stop US content onslaught
You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary
And we shall go about telling people you smell. No, not really
Too many IT conferences to cover? MICROSOFT to the RESCUE!
Yet more word of cuts emerges from Redmond
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.