The Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) released final physical music shipment figures for 2010 and they showed a continuing, if slowed, decline.

Total audio shipments in this period were 209.9 million units, down 2% from 2009, for a value of 225 billion yen ($2.7 billion). This represents a drop of 10% in value compared to 2009. By comparison, however, the declined slowed from the previous year. In 2009 total shipments fell 16% in value compared to 2008.

Volume of domestic shipments actually rose by 1% but their value slipped 5%. The total unit shipments of audio products were 168 million for a value of 183.5 billion yen ($2.2 billion).


The news was much worse for international acts where the downward spiral for international repertoire accelerated significantly. Audio shipments totaled 41.8 million units, down 12% from 2009, for a value of 41.4 billion yen ($499.1 million). This represents a drop of 26% in value compared to 2009, underscoring the Japanese consumers' continued lack of interest in paying for international artists.

In comparison, the value international repertoire shipments dropped 13% in 2009 compared to 2008.

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