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Users Don’t Want MP3 Mobile Phones

A survey run by gadget site Pocket-Lint found that 72% of 4184 visitors to the site from around the globe had absolutely no interest in listening to music on mobile phones. This is one of those “glass of water” results, since 23% of responents said they do listen to music on their mobile phone, and 20% of the installed mobile user base is a signficant amount.
Of course, surveys like this have a number of problems, including selection bias and (depending on how the surveys are run) people voting multiple times.
Still, it is another result which indicates that mobile phones are not going to morph into MP3 players that just happen to be able to connect to the mobile network…the most important part will always be the phone. Handsets with embedded MP3 players offer a lot of benefits for mobile users and the mobile industry, as long as they are integrated into the phone in a good way.
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