yes but most people making bass music, myself included, couldn't give a toss if it sounds good on a phone.
its for sound systems, not laptops. the argument that things should sound good on a laptop is bollocks really. it needs to sound good at source, thats all that matters.
that'll account for the lack of sales then
Not really. Most people who buy music because they want to play it in clubs know better than to buy it just because it sounds good on a laptop. I never preview music on some shitty laptop and buy it on thats basis. Never have.
If you're saying that music has got really raspy and bass light and ugly in the top end because of laptops or phones then I dont agree, its because producers who dont know what they're doing are mimicing artists who have blown up who have some of those characteristics in their sound but that aren't actually bass light.
Like Skrillex, for example, whose music is really well produced and sounds amazing loud. Not so much Flux Pavilion but who seems to have done rather well anyway making similar stuff etc etc and the trickle down effect applies all the way to the people at the bottom end of that musical spectrum who are just making ear bleeders.
This argument about mixing things to suit all systems of playback is pretty counter intuitive IMO, and is basically the ME's job. Sure thats fine if you're making pop, because that mainly gets played on radio and occasionally in clubs (and sounds horrible when it is) but I dont worry about any of that stuff, and why would I? My stuff, if it sounds good in the studio, invariably sounds less interesting on a shittier playback system, but am I to over-compensate for the sound in my studio to make up for what the shitty system lacks? I dont think so. And if you're suggesting that by doing so, that that would have a positive impact on sales, then I think thats ludicrous.