Purchase digital anime/game tracks
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Posted 10/5/14
Hello Cruncyhroll Fam,

I hope all is well. First time poster! I was curious to know if there was a place I can buy anime/game music online, but rather than buy the whole physical CD, is there a site that allows you to purchase individual tracks for 99 cents( just example price, does not have to be exact)?

Thanks in advance,

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Posted 10/11/14 , edited 10/20/14
iTunes Japan allows you to, but it's not cheap, and you have to have a CC that works, and an address. A japanese address. Actually no, you have to go through the tantalizing process of buying iTunes JP cards for ridiculous prices, more than the things are worth due to a. vendors wanting to charge you more, and b. their being from Japan which is notorious for its pricey inventory, then you have to find a Japanese address to associate with an iTunes JP account, then you have to somehow change your iTunes localization, and maybe THEN you can buy. I have no clarification as to how it works fully, but it's not cheap, nor easy.

You can order physical CD singles, such as anime OP / ED, from sites like CD Japan, but the prices are absurdly expensive and primarily consist of taxes. Japanese stuff does not usually get localized here and is usually not sold here digitally. Additionally, individual tracks are not easy to come by. That's why all my anime music collection's downloaded .... uh... not legally. I don't have the income for buying it, nor do i want to go through tedious processes to obtain it legally, tbh
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Posted 10/20/14
Thank you very much for your response. It was very helpful. I too have been acquiring my current playlist of anime music through..uhhh "luffy-like" methods
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Posted 10/22/14 , edited 10/22/14
You can actually find some Japanese artist's work in non-Japanese iTunes stores. For instance: Piko's latest CD was released world wide on iTunes. There's also some vocaloid stuff etc that you can find like that. So I'd suggest checking out iTunes first, unless of course like me you loath all things Apple.

When it comes to buying physical CDs there are a few things you should take into account. First off, there are American and European issues of a few CDs available. For instance, all my Wakeshima Kanon and Kalafina CDs are EU issues. These can be hard to hunt down however. A big convention like the Japan Expo in Paris would be a good place to find these. I live in The Netherlands so I can't comment on the US releases. Perhaps these are easier to find, I know that Wakeshima Kanon and several angela albums got licensed there recently though.

When importing from Japan make sure to check with your local customs office if you'll have to pay an import tax. For me for example, everything I buy that's worth more than 22€ means I need to pay import tax. Luckily for me the yen's pretty weak atm so I can buy CDs for less than this. I've only bought from CDJapan myself and I must say I love them. They offer a wide range of payment and shipping methods and every 3 or so orders I have enough points saved up to cover my shipping costs.

Finally I can't help but put in a shameless plug for the anime radio I volunteer at. If you want to listen to anime songs free and legally, check out animenfo radio. ^^
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