Message to Japanese record companies

I know music is copyrighted. I know you monitor sites such as Tumblr and delete music that belongs to you. However, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve discovered new songs that I’ve fallen in love with because someone posted it online.

Americans may not be your target audience but we enjoy and buy your music too. I’ve spent over $1000 dollars just on Japan iTunes cards. I also have shelves filled with Japanese CDs.

I’m hoping you see the advantages of having your music on social media sites.

Japan iTunes card

Japan Codes

Bought another 10000 JPY iTunes card for $96.00. That’s the best price so far. It took 45 minutes for them to send my code. Their order process is different than before. They confirm your order by texting your phone with a code to complete your order.

FYI it might take longer if your place your order after normal business hours. Google “japan time” to give you an idea.

Grandmaster Melle Mel with Shojotai?

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.

iTunes: Cons of moving to another computer

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:

  1. Text changed back to Japanese
  2. Split up albums
  3. Missing songs
  4. Missing artwork
  5. Replaced artwork
  6. No more playlists
  7. No more ratings
  8. Missing comments
  9. 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.

iTunes: Last Played feature

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.

iTunes Last Played

Price drop at Japan Codes

Japan Codes

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.