Looks like Sony finally gave in!
Sony Music Entertainment (Japan) Inc plans to provide songs to the iTunes Music Store in Japan managed by Apple Computer Inc, a rival of its parent company over portable digital music players, Sony Music officials said.
Sony Music and Apple are working out the details of a possible deal, including commission charges. They have yet to decide on when the iTunes Music Store will start offering its download services for Sony Music’s songs, said the officials. (Kyodo)
I wonder if it was because of pressure from their artists.