Remixing mobile music: What's next for operators?

Mobile musicWith mobile music at a crossroads, U.S. operators and their partners are weighing exactly how to revive the segment's sagging fortunes. Some are embracing new, cutting-edge solutions, while others are looking to revamp and enhance traditional services to catch up with more advanced devices and evolving subscriber tastes. Some next-generation solutions target smartphones and leverage the cloud--more old-school initiatives cater to feature phones and appeal to prepaid subscribers. All make it clear that mobile music will remain a cornerstone of operators' data services for years to come, even if the shape and form of music services may ultimately differ wildly from what consumers have come to expect in the here and now. Special report