7digital propels Japan's high-res download service e-onkyo to three new markets

7digital propels Japan's high-res download service e-onkyo to three new markets

7digital, the London-headquartered international digital-music service provider, is helping Japan’s Onkyo Corporation expand its online high-res music platform to the US, UK and Germany.

A global hi-fi manufacturer and pioneer in the hi-res audio market, Onkyo is extending e-onkyo music, said to be Japan's leading hi-res music download service, to the three major music markets.

Paying subscribers will be able to access hundreds of thousands of hi-res tracks and millions of CD-quality recordings from 7digital’s catalogue of 30 million-plus licensed songs. The sources range from major label Universal Music Group to local specialist labels, such as Lantis, a major Anime song label.

Music purchased on the onkyo music (e-onkyo music’s brand name in the new markets) will be stored in a cloud locker ready for download to multiple digital devices.

The service is currently in beta and can be accessed via onkyomusic.com, as well as through custom-built native apps for Android and Apple’s iOS.

Launched in 2005, e-onkyo music is growing rapidly in the downloadable hi-res audio market in its native Japan and hopes to achieve the same in the three new countries. Via the partnership with 7digital, it plans to roll out to even more markets soon.

Simon Cole, 7digital’s CEO, comments: “The marriage of such high-fidelity sound systems and this very easy-to-use hi-res download store has the chance to attract new digital listeners and satisfy even the most serious audiophiles.”

[Juliana Koranteng]