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  • Odyssey Number Five

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    • Powderfinger
    • Guitar-driven rock out of Australia, Powderfinger has not seen much exposure in the States, but should get a nod for their toe-tapping songs. Building off their previous release, "Internationalist" (
  • With Teeth

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    • Nine Inch Nails
    • In the sprawling post-A&R rock and roll world, there are two camps: the Beatles and the Stones. The Beatles are the artists that like to explore, evolve, and change styles. The Stones are the artis

  • Plans

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    • Death Cab for Cutie
    • With the introduction of Plans, Death Cab for Cutie became a new addition to many user's Artist list after the single "Soul Meets Body" became a hit on iTunes. Offering a fresh alternativ

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    • Boards of Canada
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U.S. Consumers Buying Fewer Mobile Phones, Paying More

The NPD group reported on Tuesday that U.S. consumers are buying fewer mobile phones overall, but the phones they do buy are costing more. NPD said this is the third quarter in a row with a year-over-year decline.

Motorola still leads in phones sold overall, but its market share has plummeted from 32 percent last year to 21 percent this year. The New York Times carried the AP story. [Subscription may be required.]

NPD said the survey excluded government and corporate buyers, and other figures from IDC suggest that those organizations are taking up the slack.

In the second quarter, 42.9 million handsets were shipped in the U.S. By comparison, Apple has been shipping about 3 million per quarter, but the iPhone’s appeal is mainly to the smartphone market, a much smaller segment. That market, feature rich phones which can browse the Internet, doubled in the last year.

"One explanation [for the overall drop] might be that there’s a group of consumers that’s holding off, making do with the devices that they have, either because of larger economic concerns or because they don’t see any value yet in the new voice and data services that are driving some of these new handsets," said Ross Rubin with NPD.

The research lends credence to the disappearance of the middle class thesis, a bi-modal society. Those on the lower side of the economic spectrum are cutting back on even basic phones or upgrades. Meanwhile, those on the high side of the spectrum, as well as government and corporations, are snapping up smartphones. In that market, Apple and RIM are in a two horse race in the U.S., with Palm falling off quickly, according to recent ChangeWave research.

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