Parks Associates has released a new report entitled Digital Music: Analysis and Forecasts, which suggests that portable music services will not have a big impact this year. Respondents in the recent Parks Associates survey Global Digital Living strongly favored the single-track purchase model over a subscription when presented with both options. Roughly 40% said they were likely to buy songs one at a time, but only 8% were likely to use a subscription service.
According to Digital Music: Analysis and Forecasts, the industry is beginning to promote "buffet" music plans, which allow users unlimited downloads for a flat monthly fee, to compete with a la carte models such as iTunes. Technologies such as Microsoft's Janus promote this paradigm of use, although few MP3 players currently support these solutions. The report, citing both limited availability and limited enthusiasm from consumers, predicts sluggish growth for these solutions this year, but it is more bullish on the long-term prospects because hardware could be subsidized under a subscription model.