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AWA Launches New Equalizer Feature - A Joint Development with Music Equipment Manufacturer ONKYO

AWA Launches New Equalizer Feature - A Joint Development with Music Equipment Manufacturer ONKYO

AWA has launched its new Equalizer feature for Android & iOS, as of November 16th, 2017.

This new equalizer feature by AWA allows users to manipulate music during playback in order to change the mood of the songs.
Users can adjust the volume of specific sound ranges, emphasize low or high notes, increase the volume of vocals, and more, making it possible to change the overall mood of songs during playback...

Autumn Campaign Going on Now! ~ Free Trial Period Extended to Three Months for a Limited Time Only! ~

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AWA Autumn Campaign will be taking place from October 6th (Fri) through November 30th (Thu) 15:00, 2017.

During the Autumn Campaign, users who sign up for a Standard Plan for the first time will have their regular one-month free trial period extended to three months (*1). Even if you have already completed your free trial period, you are still eligible for this plan if you have never signed up for a Standard Plan before (*2).

This is your chance to experience offline playback with no need to use data to listen to your favorite music, full-length playback, and more! With a Standard Plan membership, you can enjoy all the features AWA has to offer with no time limitations.

GET IT NOW

(*1) Users who sign up through Google Play or the AWA Official Website will receive a 90-day trial period. Those who sign up through the App Store will receive a 3-month trial period.
(*2) Only first-time users of AWA will be able to receive their 90-day free trial period when signing up for a Standard Plan through the AWA Official Website.

AWA and the new Suntory product Sauza Cooler collaborate! Promotion events to be held at Shibuya clubs.

Try the new ready to drink Sauza Cooler before its nationwide release date of Tuesday September 26 at the SAUZA COOLER TEQUILA BOOON BOOON Caravan. Events will be held at CLUB camelot on Friday September 15 and Friday September 22, and at ATOM TOKYO on Saturday September 23.

Live performances by guest DJs and CYBERJAPAN DANCERS are planned. The only official Twitter photo booth in Japan will be also be available, allowing guests to shoot moving poses with automatic logo overlay and GIF capture.

Cheer with everyone while enjoying a Sauza Cooler by using the chant "Tequila BOOON BOOON". CYBERJAPAN DANCERS will deliver the "BOOON BOOON Lecture" to teach the "Tequila BOOON BOOON" pose. Take a picture of the pose, tag it with #SauzaCooler and #TequilaBOOONBOOON, and upload to social networks to receive a free gift of a Sauza Cooler.
* One drink per person


- Event schedule

September 15 (Friday) @CLUB camelot
GUEST DJ:DJ moe
PERFORMANCE:CYBERJAPAN DANCERS

September 22 (Friday) @CLUB camelot
GUEST DJ: DJ and Tsuyoshiro
PERFORMANCE:CYBERJAPAN DANCERS
September 23 (Saturday) @ATOM TOKYO
GUEST DJ:BABY-T
PERFORMANCE:CYBERJAPAN DANCERS

[ TEQUILA BOON BOOON Caravan Official website ] http://www.suntory.co.jp/liqueur/sauzacooler/awa.html

[ CLUB camelot ]
http://www.clubcamelot.jp/

[ ATOM TOKYO ]
http://atom-tokyo.com/

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- Sauza Cooler Product Overview

Suntory Spirits Co. Ltd. will launch the new ready to drink Souza Cooler nationwide from Tuesday, September 26.

Product Name: Sauza Cooler
Recommended retail price (excluding tax): 230 yen
Release date: September 26, 2017 (Tuesday)
※ Advance sales at bars and restaurants from August 29 (Tuesday)
Release region: Nationwide
Capacity: 275ml bottle
Alcohol strength: 4%
Item: Liqueur
Product features: Grapefruit juice, lime juice and salt are added to a base of fresh, smooth, and well-balanced Sauza Blue tequila for a refreshing citrus taste.

[ Fixed ] Error Message and Playback Failure When Launching the App

Thank you for using AWA.

As of August 22nd (Tue.) at approximately 4:00 PM, a malfunction occurred which would display an error message when launching the app and prevent music playback, and we launched an emergency maintenance to deal with the problem.

As of August 23rd (Wed.) at 7:55 AM, this maintenance is now complete and the error has been fixed.

We ask that all users with a current instance of the app open please close and restart the app.

We would like to express our deepest apologies for this error which rendered the service unavailable for an extended period of time and caused inconveniences for many of our users.

We promise to do all that we can to regain any trust lost in this incident as quickly as possible.

Thank you very much for your understanding, and we look forward to your continued patronage.

Summer Campaign Going on Now! ~ Free Trial Period Extended to Two Months for a Limited Time Only! ~

AWA Summer Campaign will be taking place from August 10th (Thu) through August 18th (Fri), 2017.

During the Summer Campaign, users who sign up for a Standard Plan for the first time will have their regular one-month free trial period extended to two months (*1). Even if you have already completed your free trial period, you are still eligible for this plan if you have never signed up for a Standard Plan before (*2).

This is your chance to experience offline playback with no need to use data to listen to your favorite music, full-length playback, and more! With a Standard Plan membership, you can enjoy all the features AWA has to offer with no time limitations.

(*1) Users who sign up through Google Play or the AWA Official Website will receive a 60-day trial period. Those who sign up through the App Store will receive a 2-month trial period.
(*2) Only first-time users of AWA will be able to receive their 60-day free trial period when signing up for a Standard Plan through the AWA Official Website.

[Resolved] Regarding the issue wherein "This track is not available at the moment" is always displayed after selecting a track through the Music Identification feature

Thank you for using AWA.

For the time period from August 4th at 9:00 PM through August 7th at 12:00 PM, 2017, a system error occurred which caused the message "This track is not available at the moment" to display when identifying a song with the Music Identification feature regardless of whether or not that track was available on AWA. This error has since been fixed.

During this period, it is possible that the "This track is not available at the moment" error message was displayed even for tracks available through our service.

Please check your identification history for tracks which may have been identified while this error was occurring. If you find that you attempted to identify music during this time period, you will need to search for each track individually using the Keyword Search to see if they are available through our service.

We would like to apologize for any trouble this may have caused for our users.

If you should notice any other problems with our service, feel free to contact us through the app by going to Settings → About → Contact.

Fuji Rock Festival '17 account now featuring playlists to heat up your Fuji Rock summer!

Fuji Rock is finally just one week away!
With many people looking forward to the festival, AWA has opened an official Fuji Rock account.

"Fuji Rock Festival '17: Fuji Rock Festival Official Account"

A Celebrity Playlist to Pump Up Fuji Rock: 'Fuji Rock Lovers

<Participating celebrities>
・Christopher Peppler
・Bryan Burton-Lewis
・DJ MAMEZUKA
・Candle JUNE
・SHIBUYA TECHNIQUE
・GAN-BAN:Satoshi Toyomane
・Fujirockers.org

DJ Mamekuza's comment on song choices (partial extract)

"Ame-agari no yozora ni": RC Succession

I could go on naming Kiyoshiro's songs forever. This was the last song I played as DJ the night before he left on his trip to a new world. When the song finished and I decorated the DJ booth with this record jacket, I remember everyone was taking pictures.
I actually want to mention "Inaka e ikou! ~Going Up the Country~," but it's not on AWA's list (AWA, please include it). I want to mention how the tears flowed so naturally while I listened to "Day Dream Believer" during Kiyoshiro's sudden performance on that last night, how I almost cried during his duet of "Hitotsu Dake" with Akiko Yano on that big green stage, and how I raised my fist during "Long Time Ago." I also want to talk about "Jump," "Sunshine Love," "Slow Ballad," and "Baby Nanimo Kamo.

On the big day, we plan on releasing artist interviews and live set lists! Check out the AWA Official Twitter and Fuji Rock Account!

Fuji Rock is bustling with the trendy artists who are setting the mood for this year. Prepare with our playlist if you're going, and enjoy it even if you're not!

AWA now offers "MUSIC IDENTIFICATION" - Just hold your smartphone up to the music to identify the song and artist -

AWA began offering "MUSIC IDENTIFICATION" on Wednesday, July 5th, 2017.

By just holding your smartphone up to any music that has caught your attention, AWA’s newly offered function "MUSIC IDENTIFICATION" recognizes sound waves to allow you to identify both the song and the artist in seconds. Additionally, identified songs can be listened to straight away on AWA, with both lyrics and other songs also displayed on screen. This function can be used with both the Standard plan (960 yen inc. tax per month) and the Free plan (no monthly fee).

Further, as this function is supported by both Android and iOS widgets, you can reliably identify the song you are listening to from your home screen in an instant.

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After the first broadcast of AWA's new television commercial in December, 2016, web searches relating to background music shot up, indicating that people often want to know the name and artist of the song they are listening to. By making the use of "MUSIC IDENTIFICATION" possible in a number of different situations, from music heard on television, music playing in cafes and on the street, to music sung by friends, we are providing a new way in which users can "Identify Music."

AWA celebrates the 20th anniversary of the serialization of ONE PIECE with a dream collaboration

Beginning Monday, June 26th, 2017, AWA will be launching a collaboration with “ONE PIECE”, the definitive example of Japan's shonen manga genre. AWA will roll out a variety of projects in collaboration with ONE PIECE magazine, a long-form magazine that commemorates the 20th anniversary of ONE PIECE's serialization.

ONE PIECE magazine is a long-form magazine (known in Japan as a "mook," a portmanteau of "magazine" and "book") that commemorates the 20th anniversary of “ONE PIECE”'s serialization. It is set to be published over three consecutive months, beginning with Vol.1 on Friday, July 7th, 2017. In addition to brand new illustrations from Mr. Eiichiro Oda, the original author of ONE PIECE, the magazine will be packed with features that are sure to delight fans, including a long-form interview with Mr. Oda, as well as the serialization of ONE PIECE novel〝A〟, a novel that depicts half of the life story of Luffy's brother Ace.

As AWA launches this collaboration, a special website entitled ONE PIECE magazine meets AWA will be opened to the public on Monday, June 26, 2017. Additionally, a music list created by Mr. Oda, which will be published in the magazine, will also be released as an AWA playlist. This music list and playlist are put together by Mr. Oda himself, and consist of a large number of songs that the author has listened to in order to feed his imagination while writing. The playlist is scheduled to be released in three stages, coinciding with the three volumes of ONE PIECE magazine, which are to be released on: Friday, July 7th; Friday, August 4th; and Friday, September 1st, 2017.

Additionally, on the special ONE PIECE magazine meets AWA site, users will be able to create playlists with unique designs, using panels from “ONE PIECE”. Playlists that are released to the public will also be placed in a random drawing to win a special-edition poster that brings together the full-color opening illustrations drawn by Mr. Eiichiro Oda for ONE PIECE magazine.

•ONE PIECE Overview

Written and illustrated by Eiichiro Oda. Its serialization began in Weekly Shonen Jump's 34th issue of 1997 (released July 22nd, 1997), with the series reaching its 20th anniversary in 2017. Its first standalone volume as a comic book was released on December 24th, 1997. The series' 57th standalone volume, released on March 4th, 2010, set a record in the Japanese publishing industry for the number of first edition copies printed, at 3 million. With Volume 67, released on August 3rd, 2012, the series broke its own record, with a first edition run of 4.05 million copies printed. Over 350 million copies of the standalone comic have been printed in total in Japan between Volumes 1 and 85. The series has been published in over 42 countries and regions outside of Japan, with over 66 million copies printed. It has recognized by Guinness World Records® for The most copies published for the same comicbook series by a single author, with 320,866,000 copies (as of the end of December 2014). The animated TV series, which premiered in October 1999, currently airs every Sunday at 9:30 AM on the Fuji TV network.

*Guinness World Records® is a registered trademark of Guinness World Records limited.

  ◆Franchise portal site, officially recognized by Eiichiro Oda: "ONE PIECE.com"  http://one-piece.com/
  ◆ONE PIECE Official Twitter Account(@Eiichiro_Staff)
  ◆ONE PIECE Official LINE Account(LINE ID @onepiece_official)

Franchise Outline
An epic adventure surrounding the search for a legendary treasure called the "One Piece." The series tells the tale of a young boy named Monkey D. Luffy, endowed with the special ability to stretch his body out like rubber after eating a mysterious fruit called the "Gum-Gum Fruit," who assembles a crew to form the "Straw Hat Pirates," with the aim of becoming King of the Pirates.

Eiichiro Oda Profile
Born January 1st, 1975 in Kumamoto, Kumamoto Prefecture. In 1992, while in high school, submitted his work WANTED! for the Shueisha-published Weekly Shonen Jump's 44th Tezuka Award, winning second prize. In 1993, won the 104th Hop Step Award for Ikki Yako. After that, had several non-seralized comics published in Jump magazines. ONE PIECE serialization began in 1997, and continues today.

Important request for users of iOS 8 to prepare in advance

Thank you for your continued use of AWA.
This is to notify you that iOS 8 support will be terminated at the end of September 2017.

You can continue using AWA after termination of support, but you will no longer be able to update to the latest version after that.
Moreover, some functions may no longer work properly in the future.

You can improve your AWA user experience by updating to the latest OS.

*Regarding how to update, please contact Apple or your respective mobile carrier.

[Procedure for checking your current OS version]
1. Open the "Settings" app
2. Tap "General"
3. Tap "Information"
4. Check "Version"

We will follow up with another message once a detailed support termination schedule has been finalized. Thank you for your continuous support.

Notice of Changes to the AWA Terms of Use

Thanks for using AWA.

On the date of June 5th, 2017 the AWA Terms of Use will be changed as follows:

Changed Content
-Addition of description on advertisement and accompanying modification


Article 21 (Advertising)

1. AWA may place advertisements for AWA or third parties in this service.

2. The use of advertiser content, advertisements, products, services, etc. shall be judged by the user at their own risk; AWA shall bear no responsibility for damage caused to users originating from their usage or inability to use such.

3. If an advertisement as per item 1 is a reward advertisement and the operation performed by the user is to download or run an application provided by the advertiser, AWA shall bear no responsibility for damage caused by the application, including operation of the application, the malfunction of devices possessed by the user, etc.


Article 1 (Terms)

[The status quo]

1. These terms apply to all services utilized by the user, including the services applications (hereafter referred to as “the applications”), the services website, contents provided in the services, and accompanying products and services.

2. The user is considered as giving their consent to these terms at any of the points in time stipulated in the below items.

(1)When the user downloads the application, runs it for the first time, and starts using this service.

(2)When the user acquires the code that makes it possible to embed (hereinafter referred to as embed code) the Embed Player (defined separately in these terms) into a website, blog or SNS etc. that the user manages (hereinafter referred to as the user's website etc.)

3. AWA may modify, add, revise, or delete the content of these terms without previous notice to the user.

4. In the event of circumstances in the previous paragraph, AWA will provide notice to users after the fact in accordance with the method established in Article 4.

[After the changes]

1. These terms apply to all services utilized by the user, including the services applications (hereafter referred to as “the applications”), the services website, contents provided in the services, and accompanying products and services.

2. The user is considered as giving their consent to these terms at any of the points in time stipulated in the below items.

(1) When the user downloads the application, runs it for the first time, and starts using this service.

(2) When the user acquires the code that makes it possible to embed (hereinafter referred to as embed code) the Embed Player (defined separately in these terms) into a website, blog or SNS etc. that the user manages (hereinafter referred to as the user's website etc.)

3. AWA may modify, add, revise, or delete the content of these terms without previous notice to the user. Provided, however, AWA shall notify users in advance if it is of serious disadvantage to users.

4. In the event of circumstances in the previous paragraph, AWA will provide notice to users after the fact in accordance with the method established in Article 4.


Article 9 (Information Fee)

[The status quo]

1. The services include free and fee-­based plans. Information provided in fee­-based plans is subject to the following fees (users of fee­-based plans are hereafter referred to as “paying members”)

Standard Plan: Monthly Information Fee: ¥960 (includes consumption tax)

2. Payment methods for information fees are established separately by AWA.

3. Prepaid information fees are nonrefundable for any reason, including situations when communication services become unavailable.

[After the changes]

1. The services include free and fee-­based plans. Information provided in fee­-based plans is subject to the following fees (users of fee­-based plans are hereafter referred to as “paying members”)

Standard Plan: Monthly Information Fee: ¥960 (includes consumption tax)

2. Payment methods for information fees are established separately by AWA.

3. Prepaid information fees are nonrefundable with the exception of when the cause is attributable to AWA, including situations when communication services become unavailable.


Article 18 (Modifications in Service Content, etc.)

[The status quo]

1. AWA may modify content of the services, including content or benefits provided in the services, without prior notice to users.

2. In the event of aforementioned modifications, AWA shall notify users after the fact by the method stipulated in Article 4.

[After the changes]

1. AWA may modify content of the services, including content or benefits provided in the services, without prior notice to users. Provided, however, AWA will notify users in advance within a reasonable period if it is of serious disadvantage to users.

2. In the event of aforementioned modifications, AWA shall notify users after the fact by the method stipulated in Article 4.


Please check the AWA Terms of Use below for details.
https://awa.fm/en/terms/

We at AWA are working hard to provide services everyone can trust.
We are looking forward to serving you again in the future.

AWA running Two-Year Anniversary Campaign! Register now for two-month free trial period

AWA is holding a Two-Year Anniversary Campaign for the month from June 1st (Thu.) to June 30th (Fri.), 2017.

This Two-Year Anniversary Campaign is being held to celebrate AWA reaching its two-year anniversary on May 27th (Sat.), 2017, and will extend the normally two-month free trial period to two months for users that register for our Standard plan for the first time during the period (*1). Even those who have already completed a free trial period are covered as long as they have never registered for the Standard plan (*2). Please consider taking this opportunity to register for the Standard plan in order to enjoy all AWA's features without any time limits, including offline playback enabling you to listen to music without connecting, full-length playback, and more.

(*1) 60 days if you sign up via Google Play or AWA's official website. Two months if you sign up via App Store.
(*2) If registering for Standard plan through AWA's official website, only first-time users of AWA will be given 60-day free trial period.

For AWA users with pre-Android 4.4 devices

Thank you for your continued use of AWA. This is a notification for users of pre-Android 4.4 devices.

Support for pre-Android 4.4 devices will end on August 1st, 2017.
You will still be able to use apps released up until July 31st, but starting August 1st, there will be no AWA app updates for pre-Android 4.4 devices.

If you have a pre-Android 4.4 device capable of software updates, then please update to Android 4.4 or later for a more enjoyable musical experience.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and we appreciate your kind understanding.

Notice of Changes to the AWA Terms of Use

Thanks for using AWA.

On the date of May 16th, 2017 the AWA Terms of Use will be changed as follows:

Changed Content
- The addition of settlement and billing methods on the AWA website


Article 10 (Settlement and Billing Methods)

[The status quo]
The methods for paying members (users of Standard plan) to submit fees stipulated in the previous article are as follows:

  1. The services utilize automatic renewal subscription billing which Apple, Inc. and Google, who perform payment receipt and shipment, offer through the App Store or Google Play Store. Paying members consent that monthly information fees will be billed and collected by proxy through the settlement procedures and payment methods listed above (companies conducting settlement and collecting payment by proxy are hereafter collectively referred to as “Settlement Service Providers”).
  2. Paying members pay monthly information fees to the appropriate Settlement Service Providers in accordance with conditions separately contracted between the paying member and the Settlement Service Provider. Use of the services may be refused in the event that the paying member fails to abide by contracted conditions with the Settlement Service Provider.
  3. When the Settlement Service Provider conducts payment agent services for monthly information fees, the Settlement Service Provider notifies our company of the paying member’s name and nonpayment information if a paying member has not paid the monthly information fee after the payment deadline. In such a case, AWA may directly request payment from the paying member based on the information in the notification.
  4. Paying members shall assume personal responsibility and resultant costs to resolve any disputes that may occur between the Settlement Service Provider regarding payment of monthly information fees, and shall do so without causing any damages or disturbance to AWA. Furthermore, AWA shall not assume any responsibility for damages that may occur to paying members from such disputes.
  5. In the event that AWA incurs damages arising from a dispute between a paying member and the Settlement Service Provider, the paying member shall reimburse said damages in accordance with AWA’s request.

 

[After the changes]
The methods for paying members (users of Standard plan) to submit fees stipulated in the previous article are as follows:

  1. This service uses the automatic renewal subscription billing functions provided in the App Store, Google Play, and Stripe services (hereinafter collectively referred to as the "Billing Functions") of Apple Inc., Google Inc., and Stripe, Inc. (hereinafter collectively referred to as the "Billing and Receipt Agents") that perform billing and receipt agent tasks. (The Stripe function is linked to AWA's official website https://awa.fm.) The information fees are billed and received by means of settlement and payment of Billing Functions provided by Billing and Receipt Agents, paying members are deemed to accept it.
  2. Paying members pay information fees to the appropriate Billing and Receipt Agents in accordance with conditions separately contracted between the paying member and the Billing and Receipt Agent. Use of the services may be refused in the event that the paying member fails to abide by contracted conditions with the Billing and Receipt Agent.
  3. When the Billing and Receipt Agent conducts payment agent services for information fees, the Billing and Receipt Agent notifies our company of the paying member’s name and nonpayment information if a paying member has not paid the information fee after the payment deadline. In such a case, AWA may directly request payment from the paying member based on the information in the notification.
  4. Paying members shall assume personal responsibility and resultant costs to resolve any disputes that may occur between the Billing and Receipt Agent and paying member regarding payment of information fees, and shall do so without causing any damages or disturbance to AWA. Furthermore, AWA shall not assume any responsibility for damages that may occur to paying members from such disputes.
  5. In the event that AWA incurs damages arising from a dispute between a paying member and the Billing and Receipt Agent, the paying member shall reimburse said damages in accordance with AWA’s request.

 

Article 11 (Subscription Termination)

[The status quo]
The services utilize automatic renewal subscription billing which Apple, Inc. and Google, who perform payment receipt and shipment, offer through the App Store or Google Play Store. A subscription will continue as long as the automatic renewal is not canceled by the customer through the applicable App Store or Google Play Store. Termination must be conducted using the following procedure at least 24 hours before the end of the current subscription period. After completing termination process, you may continue to use fee­based plan services throughout the subscription period for which you have completed payment. If the subscription period is terminated within the first month, the monthly fee for that month will be charged.

If using an iOS Device

  1. Select “Settings” on your iPhone
  2. Select “iTunes Store/App Store”
  3. Sign in using your Apple Id if not already signed in
  4. Select “Apple ID: Customer Id”
  5. Select “Display Apple ID“ in Alerts
  6. Select ”Subscriptions” and “Manage” (This button will not be displayed if you have not joined subscription billing)
  7. Select “AWA”
  8. Turn off “Auto Renewal” under “Renewal Options.”

*Refer to this link if using a personal computer to terminate your subscription (http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202039)
*Please note that uninstalling the application will not terminate your subscription

If using an Android Device

  1. Launch the “Google Play” application on your Android device
  2. Select “Play Store > My Applications > Subscriptions”
  3. Select “AWA” and select “Terminate”

*Refer to this link if using a personal computer to terminate your subscription (https://support.google.com/wallet/answer/2907819?hl=en)
*Please note that uninstalling the application will not terminate your subscription

 

[After the changes]
This service uses the automatic renewal subscription billing functions provided by the Billing and Receipt Agents. As long as customers themselves do not cancel their subscription through the Billing Functions, the billing will automatically continue. By 24 hours before the end of the current subscription period, please refer to the following links to cancel. Even if a cancellation is processed, customers can continue to use the paid plan service during the already paid subscription period. In addition, even if it is canceled during a subscription period, there will be no refund of fees for that period. 

For those who subscribed in the App Store
http://support.apple.com/ja-jp/HT202039
*Please note that uninstalling this app will not automatically cancel your subscription.

For those who subscribed in Google Play
https://support.google.com/googleplay/answer/7018481
*Please note that uninstalling this app will not automatically cancel your subscription.

For those who subscribed on AWA's official website
https://help.awa.fm/plan/en/#plan05
*Please note that uninstalling this app will not automatically cancel your subscription.


Please check the AWA Terms of Use below for details.
https://awa.fm/en/terms/

We at AWA are working hard to provide services everyone can trust.
We are looking forward to serving you again in the future.

We are having a "Now Only ¥100 Campaign" for Android users. The Standard Plan is reduced from the regular price of ¥960 to just ¥100 during the campaign period.

For about 10 days from Friday, April 28th to Monday, May 8th 2017, we will be running a 'Now Only ¥100 Campaign' for Android users.

This 'Now Only ¥100 Campaign' being run by AWA is part of the 'Golden Week Campaign' being run by Google's Google Play, and the usual ¥960 price of AWA's Standard Plan will be reduced to ¥100 during the campaign only. Any Android users who have previously been users of the Free Plan, whose free trial period has already ended, can get their first month on the Standard Plan for ¥100 if they apply during the campaign (*1). This will be the first trial by AWA of offering their service for ¥100, and it will become the industry's cheapest subscription-based music streaming service (*2).

We hope you will take this opportunity to consider changing to the Standard Plan, which allows features such as offline playback, so you can listen to music without a connection, full-length playback – all of the functionality with no time limit.

(*1) Only for first-time Standard Plan applications.
(*2) Excluding the free trial period.

AWA and McDonald's FREE Wi-Fi special content DOBERMAN INFINITY now available! In addition to the latest single "DO PARTY", 17 other songs are on offer.

On Wednesday, April 26, 2017, 17 songs in addition to the latest single "DO PARTY" from rap and vocals group "DOBERMAN INFINITY" will be made available for an exclusive early release (*1).

This exclusive distribution is part of the special content that AWA and McDonald's Japan (Headquarters: Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo; President & CEO: Sarah L. Casanova) began providing on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Anyone who connects to McDonald's FREE Wi-Fi at any of the approximately 1,800 locations in Japan will be able to listen. Those who have registered for the AWA Standard plan or a trial period can listen to the full versions of the tracks, while those using the Free plan can listen to the 90-second versions. The full version of DOBERMAN INFINITY's latest single "DO PARTY"(Wednesday, May 10, 2017 release) is only available via the AWA and McDonald's special content prior to its release.

Members of the group said, "DO PARTY and the other 16 tracks will be distributed exclusively via AWA and McDonald's special content. DO PARTY commemorates the third anniversary of our group. We wanted to make a really catchy song, so it's a really fun party song! There's also a voice track that you can only hear at McDonald's, so be sure and stop by a McDonald's location to listen!"

(*1) The AWA and McDonald's exclusive early release period is from Wednesday, April 26 to Tuesday, May 9, 2017.

■About McDonald's Japan
Since opening its flagship restaurant in Ginza in 1971, McDonald's Japan strives everyday to provide customers with the best restaurant experience possible. Their mission is "to be our customers’ favorite place and way to eat and drink," and they follow the principles of QSC&V (Quality, Service, Cleanliness, and Value) that are the rules for success in the restaurant business, as advocated by the founder of McDonald's, Ray Kroc. Currently, McDonald's Japan runs approximately 2,900 restaurants throughout the country's 47 prefectures, and serves an average of around 1.2 billion customers a year with products such as burgers. Through aiming for the world's best food product management system, uncompromising "quality management," thorough investigation into "cleanliness" through restaurant operations, and carrying out sincere service, McDonald's Japan provides customers with a pleasant space to eat, and creates restaurants that customers will feel are a “FUN PLACE TO GO”.

HAYAMIMI Project Announcing a second curator and a favorite of Shinichi Osawa, Licaxxx!

On Thursday, April 20, 2017, along with the release of the HAYAMIMI Project's sixth playlist, "HAYAMIMI #006", a second curator was announced: the new-generation multi-field artist "Licaxxx".

A project started in December 2016 by AWA, HAYAMIMI aims to deliver early recommendations of new, relatively-unknown music and music from new artists using the AWA playlist functionality, acting as a "compass" to guide users to great new music in a music scene where an endless number of songs are released each day. In Japanese, the first part of HAYAMIMI, "haya," is meant to convey a sense not only of "early" ("hayai"), but also "hot" and "popular" (hayari). Music producer Shinichi Osawa, the originator of the HAYAMIMI project, is also its first curator, responsible for creating and maintaining playlists. In addition, starting with the sixth playlist, "HAYAMIMI #6", announced today, the new-generation multi-field artist "Licaxxx", who, in addition to a main role as DJ, is also active in many roles, from beat maker to editor, writer and radio personality, now joins as a second curator.

Both "Licaxxx" and Osawa are enthusiastic about the collaboration.
"We are going to be introducing the music and titles of new songs that are born each day all over the world," says (Licaxxx). "I'd like to deliver playlists that will add new color to each and every season." According to Osawa, "It's hard to admit it, but the younger generation has a certain sensitivity and sensibility. Just as our bodies are formed based on the kind of food we eat, I think our knowledge and feelings are also affected by what we absorb from day to day. I'm looking forward to having Licaxxx, a member of the music world in her 20s who certainly combines a high level of sensitivity with this ability to absorb, share her aesthetic sense (ear) with us on AWA."

Great things are surely in store for AWA's HAYAMIMI Project.

AWA Added to List of Services for Users of BIGLOBE SIM's "Entame-Free Option." ~¥480/Month Service Eliminates AWA Data Fees~

As of March 27th, 2017, our service has been added to the list of services available from the "Entame-Free Option" offered by BIGLOBE Inc. (Main Office: Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, President and Representative Director: Takeshi Ariizumi, hereafter: "BIGLOBE").

The "Entame-Free Option" is an option available for users of the high-speed mobile communication service "BIGLOBE SIM" which allows for the unlimited streaming of a variety of video and music on their smartphones for a set monthly rate starting at ¥480. With AWA's addition to this list of services, users registered for the "Entame-Free Option" with their BIGLOBE SIM will be able to use the AWA service with no mobile data fees. The user will be able to listen to all of the music available on AWA, as well as make use of other options such as playlist creation, without having to worry about data usage*.

AWA has enacted a number of other methods in the past to help cut down on data usage, including offline playback and stream quality selection (High 128kbps/Normal 96kbps/Low 64kbps), which allows our users to not have to worry about their data. We hope to use this most recent initiative as a chance to continue to work with other services and expand our functionality in order to further provide a service which can be enjoyed anywhere at any time without the need to worry about data usage.

* Users registered for both BIGLOBE's "Entame-Free Option" and AWA's Standard Plan will incur the regular monthly fee of ¥960.

AWA and McDonald's Collaboration New songs by GENERATIONS and THE RAMPAGE to be provided in advance exclusively through McDonald's FREE Wi-Fi introduced to approximately 1,800 restaurants nationwide

From March 29th, 2017, AWA will be cooperating with McDonald's Japan (head office: Shinjuku, Tokyo, managing director and CEO: Sarah L. Casanova) to provide special content through the McDonald's FREE Wi-Fi introduced to approximately 1,800 restaurants nationwide.

With this campaign, anyone connecting to the FREE Wi-Fi service in McDonald's restaurants can listen to special content provided by AWA. The first time around, customers will be provided the exclusive opportunity to listen in advance to "Sun and Moon" (release date: April 12th, 2017) by dance and vocal group "GENERATIONS from EXILE TRIBE" (hereinafter GENERATIONS), and "FRONTIERS" (release date: April 19th, 2017) by "THE RAMPAGE from EXILE TRIBE" (hereinafter THE RAMPAGE). Those signed on to AWA's standard plan and those in the middle of the trial period can listen to the full versions of the tracks, and users of the free plan can listen to the 90 second versions. This initiative by AWA and McDonald's is the only initiative providing an opportunity to listen to the tracks before their release.

Comments have been contributed by members of both groups: "There was a lot we could sympathize with, and we were impressed by the excellent lyrics created by Mr. Odake continuing on from his previous work. With our last work we had lyrics on the theme of love on top of a danceable track, and this was a new expression for GENERATIONS. While this work is an extension of that, I feel it's also a track drawn from a different viewpoint." (GENERATIONS/Katayose Ryota) "I think it's the kind of track where, instead of just following the lyrics with your eyes, when you listen to the track the lyrics naturally find their way to you. I hope people will listen without thinking too hard about it and experience this track where we're singing and comparing love to the sun and the moon, and that they'll listen to it when they're down and it will get them fired up again." (GENERATIONS/Nakatsuka Yuta) "Before the hook there's the phrase, 'now break through the wall,' and we really put our hearts and souls into singing it, so please give it your attention and have a listen. If you connect to McDonald's exclusive Wi-Fi you can listen to it a little earlier, so please check it out!" (THE RAMPAGE/Yoshino Hokuto).

As well as the newest tracks from GENERATIONS and THE RAMPAGE, there are also plans to serially update exclusive McDonald's playlists, and to develop initiatives that allow customers to listen to music while at McDonald's and enjoy their time there even more, such as playlists running alongside McDonald's limited time products, and playlists with music for children.

In terms of accessing these features, anyone who downloads the AWA app onto a smartphone or tablet device and connects to the Wi-Fi at any of the approximately 1,800 restaurants with McDonald's FREE Wi-Fi will be able to listen for free.*

*The 90 second versions of the tracks can be listened to for free.

■About McDonald's Japan
Since opening its flagship restaurant in Ginza in 1971, McDonald's Japan strives everyday to provide customers with the best restaurant experience possible. Their mission is "to be our customers’ favorite place and way to eat and drink," and they follow the principles of QSC&V (Quality, Service, Cleanliness, and Value) that are the rules for success in the restaurant business, as advocated by the founder of McDonald's, Ray Kroc. Currently, McDonald's Japan runs approximately 2,900 restaurants throughout the country's 47 prefectures, and serves an average of around 1.2 billion customers a year with products such as burgers. Through aiming for the world's best food product management system, uncompromising "quality management," thorough investigation into "cleanliness" through restaurant operations, and carrying out sincere service, McDonald's Japan provides customers with a pleasant space to eat, and creates restaurants that customers will feel are a “FUN PLACE TO GO”.

AWA to Provide Their Private API for Exclusive Use by Participants at the VR × Music Hackathon "Akatsuki VR Sound Jam."

AWA has made the decision to provide their private API for the exclusive use of participants at the "Akatsuki VR Sound Jam" hackathon held by Akatsuki Inc. in April 2017.

"Akatsuki VR Sound Jam" is a hackathon for VR developers with the theme of "VR (Virtual Reality)" and "Sound (Music)" to be held for a two day period from April 22nd (Sat) to April 23rd (Sun). Yoshihito Kondoh, known as a VR evangelist in Japan, and Koki Togashi, product manager from AWA, will participate as judges during the judging ceremony on the 23rd (Sun). In addition, Takeshi Yamashita from AWA, who developed the API, will also participate as a mentor in the event. The winning team will receive 300,000 yen and all participants will receive "HOMiDOMINI", a device which allows the user to enjoy a VR experience anywhere at any time. Also, the team which wins the "AWA Special Award" will receive a prize pack of AWA original goods.

The API which AWA will be providing at this hackathon is the same as that which is to be used with the "HEOS by Denon" wireless audio system, which was released on March 15th (Wed) (support for AWA will begin on May 24th (Wed)). This will be the first time since the service's inception that it has been provided for anything other than corporate use and is to be made specially available for the participants of this hackathon before its public release.

- "Akatsuki VR Sound Jam" Details
https://akatsuki.doorkeeper.jp/events/58630