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Motorola iTunes phone to be announced this week?

Motorola is expected to announce its first handset with iTunes integration on Thursday, March 10, according to a Newsweek article. While not noted by the publication, CeBIT 2005, an electronics event considered to be the largest in the world, will kick off in Hannover, Germany, on Thursday. Previous reports have said the flagship iTunes phone will be called “ROKR.”

“The music phones to be launched this month will allow customers to play their existing iTunes songs, and presumably buy new ones, on their Motorola phones,” writes Newsweek’s Brad Stone. “The problem for Motorola and Apple is that wireless operators like Sprint are interested in setting up those stores themselves.” Motorola CEO Ed Zander argues that consumers will “demand brands like iTunes but concedes that the carriers will ultimately get the first shot at selling songs on phones.”

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Comments

1

Seriously.

WHY do we need this????

Posted by Capnquirky in Shell Pile New Jersey on March 7, 2005 at 9:28 AM (CST)

2

it’s a luxury item… much like and ipod.

we don’t need any of this.

Posted by trav in north america on March 7, 2005 at 9:45 AM (CST)

3

No matter, I doubt you’ll ever se one of these phones.

If you read between the lines of the various reports on this phone (particularly refering to its delayed release) you may come to the conclustoin as I:  The cellular phone carriers don’t want to give up the survice fees generated by downloading ringtones.

Why would you pay to download a crappy ringtone when you could use a (better quality) song you already own for free.

Posted by Magmafish in Calgary, Alberta on March 21, 2005 at 10:27 PM (CST)

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