Mobile music downloads set to increase, but ringtones won't die

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Jupiter have done some research that suggests that global downloading of music to mobile phones will reach $14bn by 2011.

The kings of download at present are ringtones, which account for 81% of all downloads, but real music downloads will increase from 9% to 32%, taking away some of their annoyance value. It’s all fuelled by an increase in 3G networks and music handsets.

Fortunately, or not, depending on your aural sensibilities, ring tones aren’t going to vanish completely. After all there’ll always be teenagers on trains that need some way of annoying business commuters…

Andy Merrett