Michael Schneider: Six Mobile Music trends to watch in 2012

For app maker Mobile Roadie’s CEO, ubiquitous connectivity, location ticketing and social will be huge this year.

1. Ubiquitous connectivity will change the game for music streaming services. Currently, you have to choose what you want to listen to offline, ahead of time. If you forget a track or screw up what you chose, you’re out of luck on (most) airplanes, subways, garages, and even on some streets in San Francisco and New York. In 2012, international flights will start getting WiFi. New York City is testing connectivity on the subway. When it gets to the point where consumers are not worrying about connectivity, the line between owning and renting your music will blur even further. A potential boon for Spotify, MOG, and all other streaming services.

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