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Motorola to drop iTunes in next ROKR phone

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By LC Angell

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Published: Tuesday, January 3, 2006
News Categories: iTunes

imageMotorola will reportedly drop iTunes support in the next version of the ROKR cell phone in favor of its own iRadio subscription music service. According to Reuters, the ROKR E2 phone, an update of the iTunes-enabled ROKR E1, will only play music via the iRadio service.

“The iRadio service, will include 435 commercial-free radio channels, including genres such as Heavy Metal, Rockin’ Cowboys and Angry Women. iRadio will let users download channels on the computer and transfer them to play on their phones or on car or home stereos, like satellite radio. The iRadio service will cost about $7 a month but the price may vary depending on which wireless phone service the subscriber uses, according to Motorola.”

In November, Motorola announced the RAZR V3i, an updated version of its popular RAZR V3 mobile phone that includes iTunes and other new features.

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Comments

1

The ROKR had a very poor implementation of iTunes so, I’m personally not in the least bit surprised.

Posted by RainDog on January 3, 2006 at 6:52 AM (PDT)

2

The design should like the razr.  It has proven that this design could sell, so lets have have this new one similar in design.

Posted by Bren D Buenaluz on January 3, 2006 at 7:37 AM (PDT)

3

Have observed that you could hardly hear the other party when using most of the Motorola Phone that I have so far used even when you put it at maximum volume.  This is hard on those who are hard of hearing.  Do we need to buy and amplifier just so we could hear the other party?

Posted by Bren D Buenaluz on January 3, 2006 at 7:43 AM (PDT)

4

I’m still looking forward to Motorola getting a Clue when it comes to User Friendliness.
Have you looked at the Address Book in a V3 lately? My sisters stores each number as an individual entry, even for the same person. And the Entry is displayed in raw vCard Code.
IMO, Nokia have it right, with one entry per person, little Icons to discern Mobile, Home, Work and Fax numbers and the ability to assign more than one number to the same type.

Posted by Daniel Woods on January 3, 2006 at 1:34 PM (PDT)

5

Re: V3 phonebook

Daniel, moto’s actually can store numbers the same way you describe the nokia’s do, it’s simply a matter of storing the numbers on the phone rather than the sim-card and selecting mobile/home/work/fax/pager in the entry. I own an E398 which uses the same interface and is basically the ROKR E1 in black without the (slow, clunky, battery hungry) iTunes software. It’s running a modded V3 firmware now which really speeds up the somewhat slow E398/ROKR interface and it’s quite a good phone.

Posted by saveferris91 in Melbourne, Australia on January 3, 2006 at 8:52 PM (PDT)

6

Interesting that the ROKR E2 will allow for 500 songs on a 2GB SD card. No more iTunes, no more Apple control and manipulation.

Posted by flatline response on January 5, 2006 at 3:18 AM (PDT)

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