Japanese 'iPod tax' threat fades

Government panel says no to recording media levy extension

Japanese consumers will not have to pay an 'iPod tax', the country's government has decided.

Japan has, since 1993, levied a duty on devices and media capable of recording music. This week, a government panel met to consider whether the duty should be extended to digital music players, website Japan Today reports.

The royalty, which typically ranges from ¥4 ($0.03/£0.02) per MiniDisk to ¥400 ($3.36/£1.95) for a MiniDisk recorder, is paid to artists and other copyright holders. ®