Will Mobile Phones Save The Music Industry?

from the how-very-short-sighted dept

Here’s a meme that’s been growing rapidly over the last six months or so: mobile phones will help save the music industry via things like ringtones. Certainly, there’s plenty of evidence that lots of people (generally the younger market who is considered the “Napster Generation”) have been willing to pay for ringtones. However, what amazes me about this is that people seem to ignore history. Mobile phone platforms are increasingly being pushed to open up, and creating a file sharing service for ringtones is easy enough. The one thing that ringtones have going for them is that (unlike with the regular music industry) there’s already authorized downloads offered. Still, assuming that ringtone file sharing for free won’t occur seems to be a bit short sighted. Besides, it’s still difficult to figure out how long companies can get away with charging people to make their phones ring differently.

Rate this comment as insightful
Rate this comment as funny
You have rated this comment as insightful
You have rated this comment as funny
Flag this comment as abusive/trolling/spam
You have flagged this comment
The first word has already been claimed
The last word has already been claimed
Insightful Lightbulb icon Funny Laughing icon Abusive/trolling/spam Flag icon Insightful badge Lightbulb icon Funny badge Laughing icon Comments icon

Comments on “Will Mobile Phones Save The Music Industry?”

Subscribe: RSS Leave a comment
1 Comment

Add Your Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Have a Techdirt Account? Sign in now. Want one? Register here

Comment Options:

Make this the or (get credits or sign in to see balance) what's this?

What's this?

Techdirt community members with Techdirt Credits can spotlight a comment as either the "First Word" or "Last Word" on a particular comment thread. Credits can be purchased at the Techdirt Insider Shop »

Follow Techdirt

Techdirt Daily Newsletter

Techdirt Deals
Techdirt Insider Discord
The latest chatter on the Techdirt Insider Discord channel...