Japan's publishing rights and collection group JASRAC is lobbying for an iPod tax.

JASRAC (Japanese Society for Rights of Authors, Composers and Publishers) wants to see a levy made on the sale of digital music players, including iPods.

The Japan Times reveals that a surcharge is already applied against several categories of digital goods, with several yen added to the retail price of mini-discs and recordable DVDs, and "several hundred yen on a digital recording machine".

The money would be distributed to rights holders in an attempt to compensate musicians for any illegal file-sharing in the country, which saw CD sales decline slightly last year.

Apple's iPod players have "slightly more than a one-third share of the Japanese market", the report claims.

Nomura Research Institute estimates that the music downloading market will grow from 8 billion yen to 88 billion yen in the next five years.