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Motorola CEO: ‘Screw the nano’

Motorola CEO Ed Zander appears to be more than a little upset that Apple’s iPod nano has stolen the spotlight from his company’s iTunes-enabled ROKR phone. Despite having a partnership with Apple to offer iTunes on his company’s mobile phones, Zander had some very harsh words for the nano in a recent interview. “Screw the nano. What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs?” he reportedly said. Zander said consumers are going to want devices that do more than just play music.

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i’ve got a motorola E815 phone (for free with my verizon plan) with a 256mb transflash card that can play 100 songs (it’ll play more songs once the 1gb cards come out).  but i like my nano better.  :)

Posted by clifford on September 26, 2005 at 3:21 PM (CDT)


Move over, Sim Wong Hoo. The “Completely Clueless CEO of the Year Award” just might go to Ed Zander.

“Who listens to 1000 songs?” Are you kidding me? Please tell me you’re kidding. Please.

Posted by Alex on September 26, 2005 at 3:27 PM (CDT)


Another classic case of corporate cluelessness.  This is a MARKET driven economy, not a SUPPLIER driven economy.  Hope Zander wakes up to that fact and invents products that actually work as promised, have decent documentation, and don’t require a PhD to operate!

Posted by Teknojunkie in Florida on September 26, 2005 at 4:54 PM (CDT)


I forget where I saw it, but someone illustrated that you could get a better music-playing phone combination by using bulldog tape to stick a nano onto the back of a V3 RAZR.  The result, while not perfectly aesthetic, is thinner, lighter, and one hell of a lot more functional than the ROKR.

If I were Zander, I’d be aiming higher—Try to make a moto flip-phone and incorporate the nano as the flip.  Whining like this about the abysmal failure of a half-assed product is just causing his gravy train to miss the station.

Screw Zander.  Who is Zander anyway?  Steve—I’ll hook you up with a generic Chinese cellphone manufacturer, and *we’ll* make the iPod+Phone work.  Call me.

Posted by James on September 26, 2005 at 6:56 PM (CDT)


Attention Mr. Zander,

You are so fired.

You just pissed a legion of iPod users who love to listen to music, whether its has a 100, 1000, or 5000 tunes on their iPod.

I was planning to get one. But since that comment you made, I have finally decided to postphone it and wait for another cell phone provider who will incorporate iTunes on it.

So .... So Long, Moto ..... Hello Nokia or Samsung or LG.

Anyone who agrees, please say ... So Long, Moto.

Posted by Neil on September 26, 2005 at 7:22 PM (CDT)


the ipod is the no.1 player on the market, whataya say to that mr. zander?

Motorola sells around 200 million phones per quarter.

The Rokr plays 100 iTunes songs. But if you use the built-in Moto mp3 player it can play 1000s of songs. I think the main reason the Rokr sucks is not Moto, but Apple purposely restricting its functionality so as not to threaten existing iPod sales.

Posted by Demosthenes on September 26, 2005 at 8:10 PM (CDT)


“Who listens to 1,000 songs?”? Who listens to just 100 songs? LOL. Maybe if you made a good product, Ed, you would have NOTHING to worry about.

Posted by Jack on September 26, 2005 at 9:01 PM (CDT)


BREAKING NEWS: iLounge is not the center of the universe, nor are its trollers as influential as we think we are.  Motorola and Zander have nothing to worry about in regards to what iLoungers feel about him.  Ultimately there are more Apple haters than there are lovers, so Zander’s personal stock probably went up in the rest of the tech world by saying ‘screw’ the Nano.

Posted by Talking Madness in Los Angeles on September 27, 2005 at 5:45 AM (CDT)


it’ll be better if apple joined with nokia so the competition between Sony ericsson and nokia get more interesting

Posted by frag on September 27, 2005 at 1:20 PM (CDT)


you people have NO idea what your talking about, i have the motorola rokr and my brother has the ipod nano, i compared them and the nano obviously holds more music but who wants to carry to devices around when you can carry around 1, i think the rokr was a great idea, and the reception is excellent, i have never had a phone with such good reception, so you people first need to get the rokr before you start criticizing it.

Posted by k-rod731 on October 12, 2005 at 6:34 PM (CDT)


ummm dude u need 2 get over the fact that ur stupid mp3 cell fone thing will never b as good as an ipod nano.i have a great fone and a nano and i personally think i am way better off than u because i can listen 2 1,ooo songs.o ya nd hoo listens to 1ooo songs? maybe u shood pull ur head out of ur ass and realize that maybee people like listening to different songs at different times.unlike u hoo just listens 2 the same 100 over and over again.ur dumb cell came out like a rilly long time ago and im sry but no one seems 2 think itz that great. i think ur rilly jealous of the millions of $$$ apple is rakin in. my friend has one of those fones and hates it. it has suky reception….and pretty much sumy evrything except 4 the fact that it holds o so many songs…wich is a lie because it only holds 100.maybe ur company shood consider thinking of their own bright i deas, and not just copy sumone elses.other than that i think this mp3 fone is great.

Posted by GunitSweetie on October 16, 2005 at 4:20 PM (CDT)


screw the zander guy.he smells like the inside of an asss!!!!!!!!

Posted by GunitSweetie on October 16, 2005 at 4:23 PM (CDT)


Zander…your phone is a piece of shit..yes it carries a 100 songs..big whoop it doesnt even fucken let you use em as a ringtone… is nano’s screen a piece of shit?  yes..but Zander… who gives a shit what you thnk..motorola fag…

Posted by C-diidie on October 22, 2005 at 2:54 PM (CDT)


it doesnt even fucken let you use em as a ringtone

If you load songs into the *Motorola* side of the memory card, there is no limit. You can load a thousand songs there and use any of them as ringtones. If you use the Moto mp3 player, you can play as many songs as you want.

It is the Apple side of the phone that is intentionally limited. Apple has set the 100 song limit within its “iTunes” app.

Posted by Demosthenes on October 22, 2005 at 10:30 PM (CDT)

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