Japanese musicians are rebelling against Sony, demanding their music be made available through iTunes Japan.

Some Japanese labels, notably Sony, have so far failed to reach a deal with Apple to allow the latter firm to distribute their music electronically. Sony also operates its own music service, and is thought to be under pressure to defend itself within its home market.

Music, not politics

But musicians are rejecting the politics of it all, according to the Associated Press, which writes they are: "Starting to defy their recording companies and trying to get their music on the popular download service launched last week in Japan."

The report explains that one artist has already offered his music to iTunes,

Sony-signed rock musician Motoharu Sano has decided to make some of his songs available on Apple's service. He writes: "It is an individual's freedom where that person chooses to listen to music. I want to deliver my music wherever my listeners are."

Amuse is a major Japanese music management agency that is prepared to secure an independent deal with iTunes, "whatever the record labels say", the report adds.

For musicians, inclusion within the iTunes catalogue may emerge as a commercial necessity - Apple sold one million tracks through its Japanese music store in just four days: Japan's leading service has been selling half that quantity of tracks in one month.