In Japan the decline of physical music production continued according to figures released by the Record Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) for the January-September period of 2010.

Total audio shipments in this period were 150.4 million units, down 4% from the same period in 2009, for a value of 161.8 billion yen ($2 billion). This represents a drop of 13% in value compared to the same period last year.

The rate of decline slowed slightly. In the first nine months of 2009, total shipments fell 15% in value compared to 2008.

However, the results were much worse for overseas companies' international repertoire where the downward spiral for international repertoire accelerated significantly. Audio shipments totaled 28.8 million units, down 16% from the corresponding period last year, for a value of 28.6 billion yen ($352 million). This represents a 31% slump in value compared to the first three quarters of 2009.

This result is even worse than last year. For the nine-month comparison for 2008-2009, the value of international repertoire shipments fell by 13%.