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Mix: Motorola, History, Rush, Health, Yahoo

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By LC Angell

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Published: Wednesday, May 18, 2005
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Motorola CEO Ed Zander says carriers aren’t balking at his company’s iTunes mobile phone. “There is no resistance on anybody’s part,” Zander said. “I don’t know where these rumors got started.” He said it will be out in “a couple of more months.”

Mike Davidson has announced his second iPod shuffle contest, “Great iPods in History.” The aim of the contest is to “place a shuffle into notable historical context. You can modify famous photos, upload audio narratives, shoot video, or even design a mini-site.”

Rush Limbaugh will begin offering podcasts of his daily show on June 3 to members of “Rush 24/7” ($49.95 annually). [via PaidContent.org]

Students in Scotland will be rewarded with iPods and Xbox video game consoles for eating healthy foods under the country’s first incentive plan for school meals.

Walt Mossberg of The Wall Street Journal says Yahoo’s new music service is good, but iTunes is the way to go “if you love your iPod and want to collect music whose longevity doesn’t depend on paying a subscription fee years into the future.”

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Of late, Walt Mossberg has become the biggest Apple fanboy.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on May 19, 2005 at 12:00 AM (PDT)

2

I think the iTunes phone is gonna have an uphill battle.  Lots of companies want a piece of the music download business and they’re not gonna open the gates for Apple to walk all over their turf.

Considering how much larger of a business the ringtone downloading business has historically been in comparison to the music downloading business, I think the cell carriers are going to try to keep the music to phone business for themselves and not give in to Apple/Motorola.

The biggest challenge for Motorola is that they are not a service provider (as far as I know) and in my opinion they do not currently make the hottest phones.

They have a long history in the business but a lot of other companies are appealing to the younger generation (the fastest growing segment of cell phone buyers).

I don’t think Motorola has a bright future as far as phones and music goes.

** Apple who is known for its ease of use and simplistic designs couldn’t have picked a worse company to partner with.  Motorola is the antithesis of Apple.  They have the least intuitive menus structures of any phones I have ever used.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on May 19, 2005 at 12:09 AM (PDT)

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As long as Motorola can make new phones similar to the RAZR V3 I don’t think they are going anywhere for the time being. Hopefully this iTunes phone will be as good (or even better) than the RAZR.

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on May 19, 2005 at 12:38 AM (PDT)

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