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Apple, Motorola on track to debut mobile phone

Apple and Motorola could soon unveil the mobile phone they have been developing to play music from Apple’s iTunes Music Store. “We’ve said we have something coming on this in the first half of 2005 and we’re definitely on schedule for that. Hopefully you’ll be able to see more about it soon,” Eddy Cue, vice president of applications at Apple, told Forbes. “What we’ve talked about is a something that is valuable for the mass market,” Cue said. “It has to be a phone in the middle-tier of the market, not a $500-tier phone. It has to be very seamless to use. And we’re very happy with the results.”

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1

iPod elegance and ease-of-use in a phone would interest me. iTunes music on a phone with very little storage? That I’m not sold on.

So I hope Apple’s involved in the overall design and UI of the phone too.

Posted by Nagromme on December 16, 2004 at 9:43 PM (CST)

2

A slim iPod w/phone and the ability to upload and view your photos from your digicam.  Now THAT would get the juices flowing!

Posted by Obadiah on December 17, 2004 at 11:30 AM (CST)

3

The more it does, the LESS slim it’s likely to be :)

I’m pessimistic… I predict a Moto-designed phone, not iPod-like, with one Apple-designed software screen for playing music.

If I’m wrong, I might be in the market for an “iPhone”!

Posted by Nagromme on December 17, 2004 at 2:48 PM (CST)

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As an aside, worldwide dollar volume from ringtone sales for cellies is 20 times the dollar volume from all legal downloads (that’s iTMS, Real, Napster and all others combined)!

That’s a hella big market. I think that is what Apple is thinking of here - getting into selling ringtones and downloadable tunes to the hundreds of millions of mobile plan subscribers with Moto phones could be a huge cash cow.

Posted by Demosthenes on December 17, 2004 at 4:11 PM (CST)

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