This thesis presents an analysis of the information infrastructure for distribution of music to mobile phones. The focus is kept on the users/ listeners throughout the thesis.
This study is of importance as there are no directly related research done on the field of music for mobile phones. It is also exciting due to the fact that the network is in the process of establishment and the technical premises have been changed on a weekly basis during the study.
Music for mobile phones represent an integration of two separated technologies, whereas the mobile phone represents a communicative space and the music player represents a personal introvert space. By combining these two technologies, the boundaries of these two spaces will be blurred. For the user this might imply a changed pattern of use.
Findings from the analysis of the empirical study points out that human variation of preferences will have great impact of the use of music on mobile phones. We also register a clear trend in our society of convergence between established technologies. At the same time we register the opposite effect of technological divergence, where users demand specialized and dedicated products.
These trends does not imply mutual exclusion, but can rather be perceived as supplementing each other. Human variation and differences imply that we do not prefer the one trend before the other.