Crypton Future Media, Inc. was established in 1995 as an importer and seller of music software. Crypton joined VOCALOID development in May 2002, Crypton's first two Vocaloids were MEIKO (2004) and KAITO (2006). MEIKO and KAITO were originally developed by Yamaha with Crypton Future Media as the distributor.
It was not until Hatsune Miku , released in August 2007 that Crypton Future Media and Miku herself, became popular. When Crypton began to use the VOCALOID2 engine they created the "Character Vocal Series," which would later produce a trend of using 'avatars' or 'mascots' to represent voice synthesizer programs. The success of this commercial strategy made Crypton one of the leading vocal synth developers. According to Crypton, because professional singers refused to provide singing data (vocalists feared the software might create clones of their singing voices), Crypton changed their focus from imitating singers to creating characteristic vocals. This goal change led to them sampling the vocals of voice actors.
Crypton Future Media announced they will cease the production of VOCALOID voicebanks on 31st August, 2019. They are moving their characters to their independent vocal synth engine, Piapro Studio. 
Important People Edit
|Hiroyuki Itoh (伊藤博之) is the President of Crypton Future Media.|
|Wataru Sasaki (佐々木渉) is the developer of the Crypton vocal synthesizers. Better known as wat, he is the one responsible behind Hatsune Miku's creation. He often gives insight to the progress of their software in production using Twitter. wat appears as a minor character in Maker Hikōshiki Hatsune Mix.|
Crypton set up Piapro to reslove issues related to copyright. Under the Japanese law code, which strictly preserves the original creator's right, secondary fan arts may be interpreted as copyright violation. In response, Crypton approved these productions in the license similar to Creative Commons (Note: Crypton is NOT a member of the association). Users are encouraged to post illustrations, music, and lyrics onto Piapro. The site authorizes the use of fan-made creations for non-commercial purposes automatically when posted. This arrangement is solely for products distributed by and derivatives adopted by Crypton. The Chinese language collaboration website for Crypton's characters, similar to Piapro, is Poppro.
Labopton BLOG Edit
"Technical Research Department Blog. Disseminating system, architect, and technology information."
A VOCALOID/voice synthesizer music label. Music is distributed from the iTunes Store, Amazon Music, Spotify, and more.
A card-type music media for smartphones. Music can be downloaded directly to a smartphone using a unique QR code. This can be viewed new proposal for creators to release their work. It combines the sense of ownership as a product and the convenience of downloading.
A music distribution service site for independent musicians. Distribution occurs in online stores such as iTunes Store / Amazon MP3 / Beatport in Japan.
Real-time 3DCG control system. (R3) is a system that controls 3DCG and a singing voice in real time. By using the system, a character can sing and dance to a band or orchestra. The system can create a concert that integrates with the player in response to real-time changes in tempo, shaking, and acceleration/deceleration indicated by the conductor.
A music discovery service that uses music impression analysis and music recommendation to efficiently search and find music from a vast libraty. Initially, Miku Hatsune and other vocaloid songs are included.
Crypton Future Media has stated they will not create a cartoon series based on the Piapro Characters. 
- ↑ https://www.itmedia.co.jp/news/articles/0802/22/news013.html%7C How Hatsune Miku was Born: IT Media News, Feb 22, 2008.
- ↑ https://piapro.jp/license/pcl%7C Piapro Character License
- ↑ https://blog.crypton.co.jp/l/2019/08/n1908311/%7C Crypton Blog Post: Leaving VOCALOID
- ↑ https://twitter.com/labopton/status/1167698329389551616?s=19%7C Twitter Post
- ↑ Piapro Character License
- ↑ https://www.crypton.co.jp/cfm/project_category/other
- ↑ https://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2011/07/21/crn-interview-the-creators-of-hatsune-miku%7C CRN: Interview with CFM