People buying new mobiles – perhaps after trading in used phones – will increasingly look at the ability of a potential new device to play music.
That is if the predictions of Juniper Research come true, with the organisation forecasting the mobile music industry will be worth $5.5 billion (£3.4 billion) by 2015.
Such a figure would be a significant increase on the $3.1 billion taken by operators in the sector in 2010.
The research firm notes there was once a fall in the number of people acquiring tracks via legal methods, but the emergence of portals such as Apple's iTunes has led to a boom.
Individuals looking for a new device could become more interested in the sound quality, track capacity and download capabilities of models.
Those hoping to access iTunes might be wise to invest in an Apple device, such as one of the iPhone range, the iPad tablet or even an iPod Touch.
Posted by Simon Thomas