Yahoo Music Download, Yahoo Japan's first foray into the music-download business, went live today (Feb. 24), just three days after plans for the service were announced.

Yahoo Music Download, Yahoo Japan's first foray into the music-download business, went live today (Feb. 24), just three days after plans for the service were announced.

Yahoo Japan and Tokyo-based music-download service operator Label Gate are jointly launching the music portal, which offers some 73,000 songs through Label Gate's Mora download service.

Although a spokesman declined to reveal figures on first-day traffic, he says customer take-up is “increasing at a terrific speed.”

Seventeen Japanese labels jointly-own Label Gate, whose download service was rebranded as Mora in March 2004. A total of 22 other labels besides those 17 offer tracks through Yahoo Music Download.