For anime and cinema enthusiasts, the work of Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli have been integral and beautiful sources of art for fans around the world. And now Apple users will finally get a chance to listen to all of their favorite soundtracks via Apple Music, Spotify and other clients.
Studio Ghibli will release several film soundtracks to a variety of streaming services, including Apple Music, Spotify, Google Music and YouTube Music. That will include soundtracks from a variety of their well-known films, including My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away and Kiki’s Delivery Service.
Fans should expect to see about 38 unique albums issued to these platforms, although some regions and countries won’t get complete access to the collection.
Albums will include 23 of Ghibli’s film soundtracks, excluding Grave of the Fireflies due to copyright complications. There are also 15 additional albums of music inspired by the films that will be available to fans as well.
Ghibli films have been difficult to view due to limited streaming rights around the world in previous years.
The studio announced last year that they would be openly distributing all of their material through Netflix, to the delight of many followers. At least they were excited until they realized that the United States and Japan were exempt from these decisions. This inconvenience is due to HBO Max acquiring said rights prior to the Netflix deal.
So while fans may not be able to stream Totoro yet, they’ll just have to make do with its excellent soundtrack on Apple Music.