Ringtone decline will be displaced by growth and profits from full music dowloas, suggests a report from Jupiter Research.
A sharp fall in ringtone revenues will be more than offset by
growth in full-track downloads, streamed music services and ringback
tones, says Juniper Research which forecasts
that global revenues from mobile music services will reach nearly
$14.6bn by 2013.
The mobile music report found that many of the key hurdles to mass
adoption of full-track services have been significantly reduced,
notably handset form factor, memory constraints, and (in some markets)
a reduction of data costs. It said that these factors, allied to the
increasing willingness of the major labels to participate in mobile
ventures and the proliferation of user-generated content in the mobile
space, were likely to drive push adoption and usage levels still higher.
Much of the recent interest in full-track downloads across the
industry has been stimulated by the arrival of the iPhone and its
successor, the iPhone 3G, which delivered Juniper's Future Mobile Gold
Award for Mobile Music to Apple.
"With the arrival of the iPhone 3G it was clear that Apple was
heading for this year's Gold Award", said report author and Future
Mobile Awards panel judge, Dr Windsor Holden. "The combination of a
handset with a wonderful UI and music player and an easily accessible,
user-friendly music store is irresistible."
The Silver Award was given to Shazam, for music technology
recognition application Shazam ID. Andrew Fisher, CEO at Shazam said:
"It's an honour for Shazam to be acknowledged as a company that has
made such a mark in the mobile music industry and this award is
testament to the dedication of our team to offer customers the best
mobile music discovery experience."
The Juniper Research report includes historical, current and
forecast market sizing through to 2013, including data on service
usage, user numbers, pricing, user spend and end-user revenues
together with scenario-based forecasts of the impact of the economic
downturn on mobile music adspend.
White papers and further details of the study Mobile Music: Videos,
Streamed, Full Tracks, Ringbacks, Ringtones & Downturn Analysis
2009-2013 (5th edition)' can be freely downloaded from http://www.juniperresearch.com A