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The last decade has seen a huge shift in the way people enjoy their favourite music and technology has made it so much easier to enjoy all the hits on the move. As William Shakespeare once wrote in Twelfth Night, If music be the food of love, play on, the mobile music industry continues to bring listeners a new and innovative way of giving their lives a soundtrack and to listen to music.

There are multitudes of ways listeners can enjoy music on their mobiles both for free or by purchasing albums online. Mobile devices have been engineered to be able to download and play full albums, draw up playlists or sync with speakers or sound systems to create surround sound audio in your home or at work. Online stores offer mobile users the chance to purchase full albums or songs that can be enjoyed either by plugging in a headset or by using the devices speakers.

Soundtracks of mobile games have also been enhanced by the development of state-of-the-art built in speakers and sound cards and even exciting online casino games like slots at offer realistic and authentic sound effects when played. In the 80’s and 90’s walkmans played cassette tapes and Discman played CDs, then in the 2000’s iPods and mini MP3 players came along and revolutionised the music industry with their large storage capability and ability to play thousands of songs from all genres. Now, smart phones and tablet computers have eliminated the need for a separate music player and most mobile devices incorporate a full multimedia platform in their design.

The mobile generation has caused a massive shift in the music world with the need for CDs being almost completely eliminated and causing a dip in hi-fi and sound system sales. Many large music shops, including the famous UK store HMV have closed their doors as they are unable to compete with music downloads and the convenience and ease of use offered by mobile devices. You can download just about any genre online and have access to a massive library of music that would be impossible for one single store to keep in stock. The costs of music downloads are often far cheaper and in many cases bands release albums or singles for free, making new music more accessible and exciting than ever before.