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Mobile Trends 2012 Day 1: Music for the masses
A host of impressive new music streaming applications are freeing users from the shackles of limited mobile hard-drive space. The likes of Sony Music Unlimited, Google Music, iTunes Match and, of course, Spotify Premium offer an entire universe of tracks on your smartphone for online and offline listening. Continually improving HSPA+ mobile internet speeds and potential 4G download speeds by the end of 2012 will make buffering a thing of the past.
This will make finally subscription services just as efficient as owning the digital tracks. On top of that, the listening experience continues to improve as streaming companies offer higher bitrate tracks and manufacturers enhance the technology within the devices themselves to ensure high-end MP3 player audio quality.
New applications are making headphone listening a social endeavour for the first time, encouraging users to share their favourites via Facebook and Twitter, while also putting you a click away from new bands you may enjoy thanks to recommendations from within your circle.
As unprecedented power and better memory capacity equip more mobile devices, brilliant music creation applications will turn your humble handset into the ultimate mobile recording studio with precise touchscreen editing capabilities.
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