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Users Say Mobile Music Service Overpriced

Strategy Analytics released a market study which concludes that while end users find Sprint Music Store faster and easier to use than V CAST Music, very few are willing to pay the current price premiums associated with downloading music to their mobile devices.

In this Strategy Analytics end-user evaluation of full track music download services, Sprint's Mobile Music Store out-scored Verizon Wireless's V CAST Music by a massive 21 percent. The Sprint service was preferred to V CAST Music for both 'perceived network performance' and 'ease-of-use.'

"Strategy Analytics has identified significant levels of consumer interest in mobile music services, and the current services - especially Sprint Music Store - meet or exceed user expectations in terms of performance and convenience," according to Paul Brown, Wireless Analyst at Strategy Analytics. "However, price remains a considerable barrier to acceptance."

Kevin Nolan, Director, Advanced Wireless Laboratory, added, "Our research suggests that users are willing to pay a premium of around 35 percent for the convenience of downloading tracks to both their wireless devices and PCs - subject to reliable network performance. In our view, the current 100 to 150 percent premiums charged by the main operators make adoption of these services highly unlikely."

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