Streaming music could tempt people to sell mobile phone

15 September 2010 — 11:56 AM

Streaming music could tempt people to sell mobile phone

Selling a mobile phone and upgrading to one of the latest smartphones may be the only way to keep up with the ever-changing music market.

Tim Green, executive editor at Mobile Entertainment magazine, says streaming is currently dominating the sector.

There is little demand for paid-for music, hence the growth of mobile streaming in recent times, explains the expert.

"That's where the action is coming from", Mr Green states, before noting the availability of Spotify on phones is behind the trend.

He also points to Three's provision of bundled subscriptions to music services, allowing people to listen to tracks.

However, in order to stream the top pop, rock and classical tunes, people may find they need to upgrade their current used phone to a more modern model.

Recent research by comScore found only eight per cent of people in the top five markets who listen to music on their mobile actually download it straight to their handset.

Jon Butler, creative brand manager at Envirofone, says: "If you're a music fan, but don't want to fork out for tracks, streaming could be for you. Many handsets now have technology that allows you to stream music, so you might want to consider upgrading. You could even recycle your old phone for cash."

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