Video game music from Atlus now available on iTunes

Translated by The Asahi Shimbun from the website of Anime Anime Japan Ltd.

Mobile entertainment company Index Corp. this month added music themes from titles in its Atlus gaming series to Apple Inc.’s iTunes Store.

Theme music from “Radiant Historia” and the three-episode “Shin Megami Tensei” videogame series are now available for purchase and download via iTunes.

The move means Index can deliver its game music to more fans. Previously, the company has sold game music ringtones via its mobile website, Atlus Mobile.

iTunes will sell 55 theme songs, each priced at 150 yen ($1.80), including tax. The songs are also on soundtrack albums. “Radiant Historia: Original Soundtrack” includes 25 tracks, and “Shin Megami Tensei: Sound Selection Vol. 1” has 30 songs. Each costs 2,400 yen ($28.88), including tax.

“Radiant Historia: Original Soundtrack” contains songs by Yoko Shimomura that describe the game’s world. Especially popular is the theme song, “Historia,” sung by Haruka Shimotsuki.

“Shin Megami Tensei: Sound Selection Vol. 1” contains songs from the game’s first, second and third series, and has already sold 1.5 million copies. The online music service appears certain to satisfy videogame fans.

On Jan. 5, the new Atlus Music website was launched to offer videogame music downloads for PC users. It also makes it easy for fans to search for songs and download them.

Because the iTunes Store has many types of music for sale, it is at times difficult for users to find exactly the songs they want. The new dedicated portal for Atlus videogame music will make that simple and easy.

Index acquired game software maker Atlus Co. in October 2010. The acquisition was part of the Index group’s aim of better streamlining its gaming businesses.

Index, an established IT and content delivery company, and Atlus, creator of popular game titles, are already reaping rewards from the merger.

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