Will Apple supplant Sony in the Japanese music market?

13 years ago
Eric Vanderburg

I see that Apple iPods are getting popular in Japan. It makes me wonder if iPods will eventually supplant the Sony MiniDisc in Japan.  The most popular music device in Japan is still the MiniDisc. I see everyone carrying a MiniDisc and listening to them on the train but following MiniDisc in far second is the iPod.

I went to the Apple store in Osaka over the weekend and it was really nice. It is a large metal building that looks like one of their machines with a large glowing white apple on the side. Like most places here, the building is many levels but it is very classy with glass staircases and nice lighting with plenty of sales associates. They have an area with bean bags where you can try apple machines on the second floor. I found that I could buy Apple software in English too. I really want to upgrade my operating system but everything was very expensive so I did not get the software. I will need to shop on eBay or something if I ever want to upgrade.

I found that I could buy Apple software in English too. I really want to upgrade my operating system but everything was very expensive so I did not get the software. I will need to shop on eBay or something if I ever want to upgrade.