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Mobile phone industry has iPod in its sights

Today’s Wall Street Journal features an article [paid sub. req.] on the challenges Apple is facing from the $100 billion mobile phone industry. Apple’s digital music lead “may not last much longer,” the article says, because cell phone makers and wireless carriers are “piling into mobile music, with an array of new services and phones that could radically change a game that until now has been defined largely by Apple.”

“Despite Apple’s domination of the digital music sector the market remains in its infancy. The balance of power could tip suddenly and dramatically, especially if Apple doesn’t race to get its music technology into cell phones — an effort that’s had some hiccups. Last year, manufacturers sold an estimated seven million MP3 players in the U.S., a figure dwarfed by the roughly 80 million cell phones sold in the country.”

The article also cites a recent survey by Jupiter Research which showed that 76% of those asked said they carry a mobile phone regularly, while only 7% said the same about a music player.

Some analysts, however, believe consumers will still want devices designed for a specific purpose, and not an all-in-one gadget that does several things, but none of them great. “It’s hard to view the music phone as a direct threat to music players, any more than camera phones have put cameras out of business,” says Michael Gartenberg, director of research at Jupiter Research.

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Comments

1

Gartenberg is right. I’ve published a lengthy rebuttal to the WSJ piece on my blog. See http://waderoush.typepad.com/twr/2005/04/ipod_will_not_b.html.

Posted by wroush on April 11, 2005 at 8:45 PM (CDT)

2

They won’t be any good unless someone can fit a 20GB hard drive in a phone the size of my Sony Ericsson T616 to play MP3s with an interface at least as good as the iPods.

I’m still holding out for a cell phone/MP3 player/PDA/digital camera/graphing calculator/game machine with Bluetooth, 802.11n and WiMax. :)

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on April 11, 2005 at 11:38 PM (CDT)

3

jon… Ipaq has some PDA’s that have all the features you’re looking for, aside from the wimax.

Posted by petro on April 11, 2005 at 11:57 PM (CDT)

4

Twas largely a joke, but thanks ;)

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on April 12, 2005 at 12:17 AM (CDT)

5

If they can make something that will run OSX and wash my car as well as everything else, I’m SOLD!!  Till then I will stick to my individual tools…abacus, slate w/chalk, cell phone and iPod.  Well, off I go to wash my car now :-(  Most hybrid products I have dealt with have been largely disappointing, promise the world and deliver only a small town somewhere in the boon docks.  Oh did I mention I’d also like something with a built in microwave oven…;-)

Posted by iMacULATE in Florida on April 12, 2005 at 10:30 AM (CDT)

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