So ever since I heard on the Hello@Blog that there’s some H!P stuff on the UK iTunes site I’ve been thinking about showing some actual proper UK support for H!P artists. On the one hand nothing will ever beat the feeling of holding a cd in my hands and better still holding the inlay booklet. However the price of Japanese goods is going higher and higher at the moment. I’ve noticed just in the past month that even though the price doesn’t seem to be changing in Japan (or to my knowledge in the US) for the UK the price is rocketing. To take Nacchi’s forthcoming best of as an example the cost a month ago was just over £19. Now with the pound not having such a good exchange rate against the dollar it would actually cost over £22. By the time it’s actually released who knows. Buying music via iTunes keeps the cost right down. I’ll still be buying the Nacchi best of via YesAsia however as I want the dvd (badly).
Other than cost the other positive of iTunes UK is that by buying from there you are showing that there are fans in the UK. When you buy from YesAsia or cdjapan I doubt it shows to the UFA management that there are fans in the UK. I doubt they’d know where those sales are from. But by buying direct from a UK site I think that must show up somewhere. This year with Hangry&Angry possibly preparing a European tour and having a US release and with France seemingly becoming far more interested in Japanese culture, combined with the somewhat H!P-related release in the UK of the Yo-Yo Girl Cop dvd it seems H!P are becoming more aware of western fan bases. By showing support via the UK iTunes site hopefully that will register somewhere within UFA HQ.
As for what kind of stuff I’d buy from iTunes I’d say it’s quite limited for me right now. There’s a lot of Morning Musume stuff but I legally own most of it anyway. Of the singles I have the 10th anniversary double cd set from last year and already have Resonant Blue on both cd formats and single V. But there is still Pepper Keibu so maybe I’ll get that. I wanted the photobook version but everything has a worth and at the moment the price of singles in Japan is too much for the most part. Besides I want the Hangry&Angry cd and Nacchi Mega Best when they are released. So for now a physical copy of Pepper Keibu is unlikely. So I may purchase a copy from iTunes. Ultimately I’m not too bothered by B-sides so it’d only cost 79 pence. Other than that if the Ongaku Gatas section gets updated with Come Together then I’ll buy that. I still haven’t got a physical copy for much the same reason I haven’t yet got Pepper Keibu.
At the moment though I have made but one purchase. I wanted to check the ease of converting to mp3. It’s a bit annoying but it turns out to be easy enough. When you have purchased the invariably DRM protected file you can then burn to cd from iTunes and once the cd is burned you can copy back to iTunes in mp3 format. This then leaves you with two copies of the same song unless you delete the original. However this also leaves you with the mp3 version that your computer picks up as an mp3 file and so can then copy to your mp3 player (a Creative Zen in my case). So I purchased one song and it worked a treat. The song?
Yes it’s Mano Erina’s 2nd single. The catchy, dancy, poppy, cute follow up to Manopiano that is Lucky Aura. There you go kid. I don’t care if your Yorosen! appearances are completely pointless. You have a bright future ahead.
I really do like this song a lot. It doesn’t seem to fit with any other H!P releases of recent times. Mano seems to have her own kind of thing going on at the company. Which is great as it should help her stand out a bit more.