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Motorola debuts iTunes-compatible E1060 mobile phone

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By LC Angell

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Published: Monday, February 14, 2005
News Categories: iTunes

pic At the 3GSM trade event in France today, Motorola unveiled a slew of new mobile phones, including the first music handset to support Apple’s iTunes. The Motoroal E1060 features a 1.3 megapixel camera for still photos or video, a VGA camera for 2-way video conferencing, Bluetooth wireless technology, and audio and video streaming with playback support for MPEG4 (AAC), WMV/WMA and MP3 files. The phone will ship with 32MB of internal memory and is expandable up to 512MB with removable memory.

Motorola said iTunes will become the default music player on Motorola handsets, but that it won’t be an exclusive deal. “We’re committed to have iTunes as the default music client, but we’ll also continue to support other music players such as RealPlayer (from RealNetworks),” said Amer Husaini, vice president for Motorola’s mobile devices group in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and South Asia.

The Motorola E1060 is expected to be available in the fourth-quarter of 2005. Pricing was not announced.

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1

32MB, great to hold 7 songs.

i guess the songs could be used for ringtones, but other than that, it would be very inadequate.

Posted by StinkieDMB in Pittsburgh, PA on February 14, 2005 at 11:58 AM (PDT)

2

First off: So much for the French’es Sueing Apple over iTunes Music Store for only Selling to People with iPods! :shock:

-> StinkieDMB Not sure about this Phone but, my Mother has a Moto. Phone tht uses MiniSD Cards to bump the Mem. up to an execptable level. I’d guess it would be the same here as, as you pointed out 32Mb wouldn’t really hold that many songs. Given the current UTMS xfer costs here in Europe I don’t think they will sell many songs with this method though €0.99(Eur Cents), for one song + €3.99(EUR), for the Trasfer LOL I DON’T FREAKEN THINK SO!

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on February 14, 2005 at 12:18 PM (PDT)

3

Wow, just wow. That phone looks amazing. But being a phone that boasts compatibility with the iTMS, it should really have come with more memory. But those looks! Wow…

Posted by iPodNod in London, UK on February 14, 2005 at 1:13 PM (PDT)

4

this phone looks disgusting!

Posted by b6662966 on February 14, 2005 at 1:30 PM (PDT)

5

That’s one ugly phone.

Posted by Edson346 on February 14, 2005 at 1:35 PM (PDT)

6

Nohere does this article mention support for the iTunes Music Store—just iTunes.

Posted by Jeff Hoppe in San Antonio, TX on February 14, 2005 at 1:41 PM (PDT)

7

phone looks like a green soap dish

Posted by Harrison in Melbourne, Australia on February 14, 2005 at 1:57 PM (PDT)

8

Whose bright idea was it to make it “green?” Hopefully it will come in different colors or at least have different casings.

Posted by Jon in Seattle, WA on February 14, 2005 at 2:05 PM (PDT)

9

What’s worng with Green?
While no mention of the iTMS was made One can infer from other stories about this Phone that there will be an option to download Tracks from the iTMS by useing the Phones UTMS / WAP features. I’m sure even you should be able to see the €,£,$ & ¥ here as well. It’s as plain as the Writing on the Wall!

Posted by Ichijoe in Deutschland on February 14, 2005 at 2:18 PM (PDT)

10

yuck…

Posted by petro on February 14, 2005 at 3:18 PM (PDT)

11

Steve Jobs and the head of Motorola happen to be good friends, now come on who is going to listen to itunes on their cellphone.Thats what ipods are
for!

Posted by crowpod on February 14, 2005 at 3:47 PM (PDT)

12

I think this is great! It’s not about making the phone a portable Mp3 player. It’s about avoiding the highway robbery prices of downloading ringtones. Why buy ringtones when you can have a full fledged song from your own collection?

Posted by Medred on February 14, 2005 at 4:01 PM (PDT)

13

It doesn’t look Apple-like but it does look good, to me. Except for the color smile I’d prefer red or white trim.

The iTunes features I could take or leave, but with 512 MB added to the phone, it could be nice for people without other players.

Posted by Nagromme on February 14, 2005 at 4:01 PM (PDT)

14

i think it’s kinda lame.

it’s probably gonna be ridiculously expensive for what it is.  like ipod photo was$500 to 600.  but i could get a 20G for 300 and a camphone for 200 and save 100 bucks.

Posted by Exvicious in Schaumburg, IL on February 14, 2005 at 7:35 PM (PDT)

15

That’s is truely an ugly phone. Who cares if it can play “iTunes” music? Please… it’s a phone…

Posted by Kloan in Toronto, ON on February 14, 2005 at 8:32 PM (PDT)

16

As far as I know, this is the only device on the market capable of playing AAC and WMA files, which should please both sides of the format wars. It will play iTunes Music Store files, but no word on whether it will work with Napster or PC download services.

Memory is an issue, yes, and there is a question about who needs mp3 playback on a phone, but 5 years ago people were saying “Cameras? On a phone? What are they thinking?”

I for one, like the idea. I don’t always have iPod with me, but I do have my cell phone.

Posted by Chris VandeVenter in Bismarck, ND on February 14, 2005 at 9:00 PM (PDT)

17

it’s a step in the right direction… a baby step. but a good one.

all i know is i can’t wait for the day that i have a cell phone, decent digital camera and decent mp3 player all in one device. it’s annoying to have to carry all three separately.

Posted by trav in north america on February 15, 2005 at 3:50 AM (PDT)

18

This certainly isn’t a new idea, but this does make it the first mobile capable of playing iTunes.  I remember a long time ago Samsung turned out their own mp3 capable mobile phone.

My take on this is that people will buy this.  I think this is less about novelty and more about convergence.  This is yet another phone product that tries to derail yet another item from your belt.  I don’t think it won’t be long we’ll have an all in one phone/pda/camera/mp3 player.  Well anyway I’m pretty sure that’s what the mobile phone manufacturers are aiming for.

Posted by Phoenixfury in Elkhart, IN on February 15, 2005 at 5:22 AM (PDT)

19

Ok tell me if Im way of the marki here or not.  Ok this is a cell phone that plays aac AND wma!!!!! and mp3 ta bout.  YOu would think if a cell phone could get the right to do this someone could make a freakin mp3 player that is not divided into windows vs. mac

Posted by ipodfreak in oregon on February 15, 2005 at 7:48 AM (PDT)

20

For one thing, if they don’t bring it out until the end of the year, what’s the point?

By then, there will be tons of Shuffles around.  Plus you probably have to buy memory cards which cost as much as Shuffles.  Only advantage would be maybe this phone displays song info.

Oh and I don’t think they’re planning to let you download from the iTunes Music Store directly to the phone over the mobile network.  I think you download to a computer and then transfer it to the phone.

That is why the phone companies aren’t too happy with this because they want you to download over their network so that they can be paid.  Since the phone companies subsidize the cost of the phones, this thing may not be carried by too many phone cos.

Companies like Vodaphone are going their own way, to set up their own download service and they will only offer phones that work with their likely overpriced service (downloads will probably cost more and they will charge you for data transfer too).

Nokia announced at the same show that they will be supporting WMA and that they’re developing their own music download service with Loudeye of Seattle.

Posted by wco81 in West Coast on February 15, 2005 at 7:57 AM (PDT)

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