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Analyst: Family of iTunes phones due by Christmas

BusinessWeek reports that Apple and Motorola will roll out an entire range of iTunes-compatible mobile phones this year. Citing a recent research note by RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue, the magazine said the family of phones will range from low end to high end and will be available before Christmas. Sue said the first phone will be announced within a month and will be marketed by Cingular.

“All parties involved—Motorola, Cingular, and, perhaps most of all, Apple—have much to gain from the hookup,” says BusinessWeek. “The move could help them take the pole position in a promising new market—delivering digital music to cell phones, a device that has become the center of the digital lifestyle for millions of people around the world.”

The BusinessWeek report says that Cingular could get a short-term exclusive right to iTunes. “The carrier also will likely get a share of revenues from music downloads, which will, at least at first, be done the old way: Users will download a song onto their computers and then move it onto their iTunes phones. Eventually, should Cingular unveil a service for wireless downloads direct to a cell phone, it might get a larger share of the revenues or keep any premium charged for the on-the-go service.”

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Comments

1

yay…i’ve had my crappy nec 515 for almost 2 years now…my time has finally come!

Posted by Dave on June 30, 2005 at 8:36 AM (PDT)

2

Oh, brother.  I can see the day when chumps pay $3+ to digitally download a $0.99 song to their cell phone.  Yeah, that’s progress…for the cell phone companies, anyway.

Posted by Obadiah on June 30, 2005 at 9:19 AM (PDT)

3

a phone + music has zero appeal for me.  i constantly use my ipod on airplanes, but this would not be possible with a phone + itunes.  phones, regardless of what feature you’re using (address book, music, etc.) must be off for the entire flight.

Posted by jt on June 30, 2005 at 9:36 AM (PDT)

4

my phone has an airplane mode which prevents it from connecting to or trying to connect to any service so you can use other features without violating the policy, so if the itunes phone had that, it wouldn’t be a problem.

Posted by jmaurand on June 30, 2005 at 9:41 AM (PDT)

5

I don’t think air travel is going to be the make or break factor for the business model.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on June 30, 2005 at 1:05 PM (PDT)

6

ye never know though you can lose a lot of bisnis if its not travel compatible .i know a lot of people who bought de ipod cos it worked on flights 8 hours is a long time without sumtin to pass the time

Posted by aphroditegodessoflove on July 1, 2005 at 2:53 AM (PDT)

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