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Will You Stream Or Download Your Mobile Music? 175

mikp writes "In a David-and-Goliath style fight, small music companies are battling it out with established behemoths to see who can own the future of mobile music. Spotify, the Europe-based music streaming company, is about to launch its iPhone app and has plans to develop it for other mobile platforms soon. In a preview, Spotify shows how you can cache songs to your iPhone so that you don't always need a connection but the songs don't remain on your iPhone permanently. Nokia, on the other hand, has just announced two more music phones that will feature Comes With Music, an unlimited music-download service that involves a one time fee, which is part of the price of the CWM phone, and lets you download music for free (and you get to keep it) for a year. The question remains, are people more likely to stream or download music on their mobile phones?"
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Will You Stream Or Download Your Mobile Music?

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  • by LS1 Brains ( 1054672 ) on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @02:50PM (#29289315)
    It really depends on price.

    Free or cheap, and I'm streaming it. My care for what happens after the point I heard it is in direct proportion to what I paid for it.

    Anything more than pennies per song, and I expect to purchase it, sans DRM. Just the way I roll, and the only manner which seems ethical to me.
  • by AkiraRoberts ( 1097025 ) on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @03:16PM (#29289761) Homepage
    Agreed. I don't really mind streaming, since it can expose me to music I might not otherwise hear (pretty much the sole benefit, as far as I'm concerned), but I can't see the benefit in paying all that much for it. And frankly, I'd rather do my streaming on my home machine, where the data prices come cheap. If I hear something I like, I can always buy/download and copy it over to the mobile.

    I realize, however, that my personal preference here is unlikely to count for much, since more money can be sucked from me under paid streaming.
  • Which costs less? (Score:4, Interesting)

    by pla ( 258480 ) on Wednesday September 02, 2009 @03:43PM (#29290129) Journal
    Will You Stream Or Download Your Mobile Music

    I will, of course, download it, regardless of what the vendor wants to call it. But if it costs less for them to use the magic word "streaming", then by all means, they can do so.

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