Bought a ￥10,000 iTunes card from Japan Codes for $129. It took longer than usual to receive. I waited 23 hours for my code.
There’s a rapper on Shojotai’s “Can’t take my eyes off of you” that sounds a lot like the rapper on “I feel for you.” Shojotai recorded their song in 1987. “I feel for you” was recorded in 1984. I’d have to get my hands on Shojotai’s CD to know for sure.
If you rename your iTunes albums (i.e. foreign language) be prepared for problems. I recently moved my iTunes from one computer to another. Many of the albums reverted back to Japanese. Here’s a list of problems I experienced:
- Text changed back to Japanese
- Split up albums
- Missing songs
- Missing artwork
- Replaced artwork
- No more playlists
- No more ratings
- Missing comments
- No more number of plays
I moved from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1. I’m not sure if that was the cause. I used iTunes “import” feature to move files from one computer to another. Maybe I would have been better off transferring my iTunes folder instead.
Believe it or not, the “get info” function reverted many of the albums back to English (restored my changes). Sometimes it wasn’t even necessary to click “ok.” I fixed the albums iTunes split up by checking for changes in the title or artist. I was baffled why one album was split so I deleted it then downloaded it again from the cloud which fixed the problem. I had to import each of my playlists individually from the old computer. You can get ratings back by importing rating based playlists then doing a select-all to rate all of them. The only thing I couldn’t get back was the number of plays.
There’s over 2,000 songs in my anime and jpop playlist that I want to hear but my iPod keeps playing the same songs over and over. The Shuffle feature doesn’t seem to help either. I’ve played around with the Last Played feature and achieved the desired results.
Create a Smart Playlist with the Last Played and “is not in the last” option. Go back in time as far as possible then stop where there is still music. This is your first playlist. It may only have a few songs–songs you haven’t heard in the longest time. Your first few playlists will be sparse. Keep adjusting the time forward to keep songs in your playlist. The drawback to this playlist is having to adjust it.
I just ordered another 10,000 yen iTunes card and noticed the price dropped. Last year, the price for the same card was $136. Then the price went up to $141 in January. Now it’s $124. That’s better. I was slightly discouraged when they raised their price in January. Japan Codes is cheaper than JBOX for iTunes cards. That’s why I keep using them.
If you’re serious about collecting Japanese music there’s only two things you need: an Amazon Japan account and your own Japanese address.
Amazon Japan is like any other online music store that sells Japanese music (i.e. CDJapan, YesAsia). You can create an account, order new CDs, and have them shipped to your door. Any of the other sites mentioned will do and are better for ordering in English. Amazon Japan does have an English site although parts of it are still in Japanese.
Why do I need a Japanese address?
Amazon Japan also sells discontinued (out-of-print) CDs through third parties. Sadly, they will not ship these items to the U.S. No problem. Tenso provides Japanese addresses and safely ships items to the U.S. Now you’re able to order rare CDs and save money on used items.
iTunes Japan is yet another source for new releases and out-of-print (OOP) music with the advantage of instant downloads. They may not have everything you need but I’ve seen their selection dramatically grow over the past couple years. iTunes Japan also requires a Japanese address. You’ll also need iTunes Japan cards available from JBOX or JAPAN CODES. (set up an iTunes Japan account)
Unless you understand Japanese you’ll have difficulty searching for artists and albums on the Web. Google Translate works with text and links. Google Translate is especially useful if you’re buying used CDs. Merchants list condition, imperfections, damage or missing items.
These are the latest albums I’ve added to my iTunes. All were downloaded from iTunes USA or iTunes Japan.
- Aira Mitsuki×Saori@destiny: ×~PARK OF THE SAFARI
- Ikuzo Yoshi: 35 Shuunen Kinen Subete no Hito ni Arigatou
- Saori@destiny: Domestic domain
- capsule: Flash Best
- the pillows: FLCL Original Sound Track NO.3
- SCOOBIE DO: Kaze no Koibito/Akaneiro Ga Moeru Toki – EP
- BRIGHT: LOVE-aruainokatachi-
- Kyarypamyupamyu: Moshimoshiharajuku
- Various Artists: Q Bar Present: Cocktail & Lounge
- SHOW-YA: SHOW-YA/Twin Best
- Ryusenkei: Tokyo Sniper
- Dimitri from Paris: Tsukuyomi Opening Theme Neko Mimi Mode Single
I’ve seen the cover for Kyarypamyupamyu’s album many times but I never imagined buying it. That was before I developed a appreciation for Japanese electronic music. I love the SCOOBIE DO’s ending to Gungrave. Same goes for the pillow songs from FLCL.
I just ordered another 10,000 yen iTunes card. The price went up from $135.99 to 140.99.
Tumblr has been a rewarding experience meeting people from different backgrounds. I’m lucky enough to meet people from Japan. I’m also fortunate enough to meet a young woman from Japan who models and recently released her first single on iTunes. I can honestly say I’ve never chatted online with a model or vocalist so this is a first. The other day ym blogged that she would soon release an album on iTunes. I didn’t take it too seriously and a few days later she blogged her album was on iTunes. Sure enough it was on iTunes and I purchased it. I was impressed with the album. I rated all three songs 5 stars. My favorite is the ballad Shiosai. She sings beautifully.