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Motorola ROKR iTunes phone introduced (updated)

imageIn addition to the iPod nano and iTunes 5, Apple today introduced the long-awaited iTunes phone from Motorola. The new Motorola ROKR, which will be available exclusively through Cingular as expected, holds up to 100 songs and features a mobile iTunes player and dedicated music button to easily switch from phone to music and back again.

The Quad-band GSM/GPRS phone has a microSD (TransFlash) slot for up to 512MB of storage, a VGA Camera with 4x zoom, Bluetooth, a color display for viewing album art, and built-in dual-stereo speakers. It is incompatible with standard headphones, but comes with an adapter as well as a set of stereo headphones that also serve as a mobile headset with microphone.

Apple said users can randomly autofill or manually fill the phone with playlists of music, audiobooks and Podcasts from their iTunes library via a USB connection. The phone also pauses music automatically when users take a call.

The Motorola ROKR with iTunes pre-installed is available immediately for $249.99 with a two-year commitment. Pricing without contract was not immediately available.

“We’ve worked closely with Motorola to deliver the world’s best music experience on a mobile phone,

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Comments

21

i really dont see the big deal, its just a freaking phone enabled with itunes, its not suppose to be a ipod/cell phone. it probably wont be the last either, im preatty sure in like a year or less, most phone would enable itunes, not just cingular, but hopefully sprint as well. if u want something that holds more that 100 songs, invest in a ipod shuffle or the nano.

Posted by Navas on September 8, 2005 at 12:03 PM (CDT)

22

So, since this isn’t an iPod phone, It’s just like having iTunes available for Windows.

You could have a POS PC and it can have iTunes on it. It doesn’t make apple look bad since it’s not running on an apple product.

Posted by skw on September 8, 2005 at 2:58 PM (CDT)

23

I bought this last night and it is going back today.

The phone firmware limits the number of songs to 100 no matter the size of the chip.  I tested this by making 150 small mp3’s and attempted to transfer them over.  They did not all go.  iTunes stopped the transfer after 100.

After having a Razr for the last few months, this phone is a huge disapointment.  Purchased for $399 w/o contract at Cingular.

Posted by Jann on September 9, 2005 at 5:40 PM (CDT)

24

Hello
Am intrested in purchasing 200 pieces of the Motorola ROKR iTunes phone ,please note that if your can be able to supply the total quantity of the product, the payment will be made through TT bank transfer only.mind you get back to me if you can be able to supply this product or if you dont have up to the total quantity we demanded for in stock.
We look towards your urgent response.

Posted by terry ray on September 12, 2005 at 4:51 PM (CDT)

25

Your site is realy very interesting.

Posted by Werea on September 17, 2005 at 4:27 AM (CDT)

26

What a lot of folks seem to be missing here is that Apple didn’t have much say on the design end of this product. They were approached by Moto about a license, and they agreed to license iTunes and push the pproduct when it arrived. That’s all. Motorola execs weren’t sure this concept would be a winner (because of resistance from carriers, not for lack of customer demand), so instead of comitting resources and money to developping a new design with Apple, they grabbed a cheap design off their shelves and Frankenwelded iTunes capability onto it.

Seriously, look at the nano, released at the same time as the ROKR. Do you really think Apple would release something as hideous and user-hateful as the ROKR?

Posted by Is on September 22, 2005 at 7:28 AM (CDT)

27

I, for one, don’t understand what so many are complaining about. I got my phone last night and I love it! It has all the features i need and more. It has saved me from going out and buying an IPod. I think too many expect too much from their phones these days and rely on them too much. Key words are its a PHONE.

I bought this phone for fun and am enjoying it. No complaints here.

Posted by Angel on January 21, 2006 at 7:07 PM (CST)

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