Yahoo! Japan Will Launch Music Download Service

Several sources including Kyodo News and AFP are reporting that Yahoo Japan is planning to launch an music distrubution service called Yahoo! Music Download. The service will be provided via an alliance with Japan's Label Gate, a "joint venture of 18 firms, mainly music labels, which offers its own Net-based download service under the Mora brand..." Music labels include Toshiba-EMI Inc., Pony Canyon Inc., Yamaha Corp. and Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc.