Key Sounds Label now on itunes.
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I just found out that Key Sounds Label, the sound label for all of Key's works (Kanon, Clannad, Little Busters! etc), has started putting their stuff up on iTunes.
To my knowledge, this is the first time these soundtracks are available in the west legally outside of expensive imports. And it's not only the soundtracks, but many of the arrangement and remix albums as well. There are some seriously great albums for anyone who's the least bit interested in their music.
On top of that, they also released their short game, Planetarian, in English for iPod and iPad last year.

This is a big deal to me. I've been under the impression that the big names in Key and Visual Art's (the publishing company Key is under) aren't too fond of foreigners, or interested in porting their games to the West. Maybe if they see that people are willing to buy their products here in the West we'll get official English ports of their games, and maybe be able to play the new Angel Beats! VN in not too long.

So go get the Clannad and Little Busters! soundtracks and check out the other albums too. Personally, I would recommend the Clannad Arrange Album "Mabinogi".
Posted 3/11/14
Thats Great!
But whats not great is that you Apple users still pay money for music.
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Illegally downloading things is not a good way to show your support for something you like.
Posted 3/11/14
Yeah If you say Apple is worth supporting!.thats realy your call.
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Posted 3/12/14

Shin-Nrl wrote:

Yeah If you say Apple is worth supporting!.thats realy your call.


So you'd rather steal from the people who make the music than pay the distributors a single penny? For a $0.99 song the publishers receive $0.70 per download. Artists under major record labels might sell $1 million on an album and not see a single cent due to fees and other charges.
I don't own a Mac or particularly like Apple, but buying Key music on iTunes supports Key more than Apple. If more people were willing to actually buy anime and manga instead of illegal downloads and streaming sites we could see lower prices for the consumers and higher production costs on the shows. Attitudes like yours and expecting everything for free can only harm the industry in the long run.
Posted 3/12/14

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So you'd rather steal from the people who make the music than pay the distributors a single penny? For a $0.99 song the publishers receive $0.70 per download. Artists under major record labels might sell $1 million on an album and not see a single cent due to fees and other charges.
I don't own a Mac or particularly like Apple, but buying Key music on iTunes supports Key more than Apple. If more people were willing to actually buy anime and manga instead of illegal downloads and streaming sites we could see lower prices for the consumers and higher production costs on the shows. Attitudes like yours and expecting everything for free can only harm the industry in the long run.


Dude dont take anything seriously.I don't steal or download anything illegally.I just think downloading from Itunes should be free.much like how Google store is free for Android users.and that should be fine as long as you want to support Key.and not apple.because my point is Apple is not worth supporting.not gonna say why here.beacuse It'll take me forever to write about how much that company rips from their users and for typical metrial in their products.that are definitely not the best.
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Android users still have to pay for most music on the Google store, and using iTunes doesn't mean you have to go spend $3000 on a macbook or buy their overpriced hardware. There are as many or more free songs and podcasts available on iTunes as anywhere else, but it depends on whether or not the people publishing it want to make money from it, and it can be difficult to make a living or make more music if you don't monetize your products.
If anything, buying music off iTunes or anywhere digitally supports artists more than buying physical CDs since there's no material cost, so most of the payment turns into profit for them.
My point it, don't count out a huge service just because you hate Apple. If you like their music and you want to support Key, buying their songs on iTunes is now going to be your best option, and if you really don't want to do that, you can still import the CDs, but it's just going to cost you upwards of $40 per CD.
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