But I really hope the new Hobbit movie contains at least a few songs in it.
One of the things I really enjoyed in the Rankin/Bass (animated) version of The Hobbit was the music. Sorry, I did. I know it irritates some (my wife can't stand that grating "Greatest Adventure" theme song), but most of the songs were a part of the book (all the goblin tunes, the elves' songs, the dwarves as well). For me, the music lends an almost primeval fantasy feeling to the whole film which makes it a favorite of mine, even to this day. When I re-read the book (as I do on occasion) I invariably find myself humming the tunes from the RB film when I get to Tolkien's poetry.
Anyway, cutting the music out of the new film would make it feel much less like The Hobbit to me. I would like to see the film end up as a good fantasy adventure story, not some slick badass action film with dwarves and elves and wizards.
But that's just me.