In a report due out tomorrow (Nov. 11), a Japanese government committee is expected to recommend that the introduction of an "iPod tax" on portable digital music players be postponed for at least two

In a report due out tomorrow (Nov. 11), a Japanese government committee is expected to recommend that the introduction of an "iPod tax" on portable digital music players be postponed for at least two years, according to unconfirmed media reports here.

The Cultural Affairs Agency's subcommittee on legal systems for copyrights recently heard opinions for and against extending the existing levy of 1% of retail price on sales of MiniDisc players, DAT players and DVD recorders to hard-disc or flash-memory digital players such as Apple's iPod.

Music-industry organizations such as the Recording Industry Assn. of Japan and authors body JASRAC want the levy extended to include digital players, while public-interest groups such as the Consumers Union of Japan oppose the idea.