Online music distribution continues to grow in Japan, with sales in 2017 up 8% compared to the year before. It was the fourth consecutive year of growth for the industry.
Total sales in 2017 reached 57.3 billion yen ($538 million at today’s exchange rate), according to figures released by the Recording Industry Association of Japan. In the last quarter of the year, total sales were 14.4 billion yen ($135 million), a 3% increase compared with previous year.
Downloading and streaming reached about the same level of popularity. The sales breakdown is as follows: 47% downloading, 46% streaming, 4% ring-back tones, 1% master ringtones and 2% others.