Brother launches JOY SOUND, a totally new karaoke system, on the Asian market. It provides access through a communication network to a wide-ranging catalogue of recent songs. JOY SOUND has been a huge success, bringing about the popularity of karaoke in Japan. Brother has adapted the JOY SOUND technology to other systems, particularly a cell phone ring tone distribution service called ?POCKE-MELO JOY SOUND.
With a falling fax machine market, Brother develops the FAX-600. A very competitive, high yield, device, for the American SoHo market (microbusiness/SMB). In the face of low expectations, the FAX-600 is a major success.