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Nokia denies iTunes phone report

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By LC Angell

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Published: Thursday, August 18, 2005
News Categories: iTunes

Nokia said today that it has no agreement with Apple to include iTunes on its upcoming N91 multimedia phone, despite an earlier report by the Finnish daily Taloussanomat saying the company did.

“There is no commercial agreement between Nokia and Apple to integrate iTunes into the N-series devices,” said Kari Tuutti, spokesman for Nokia’s multimedia division. “But since this is based on a computer platform, anybody—including Apple if they so wish—can very easily develop this kind of application and offer it to consumers, via the Internet for example.”

The Nokia N91 features a 4GB hard drive for music storage, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack, a 2-megapixel camera, and supports MP3, M4A, AAC and WMA song formats.

“We are not making any exclusive arrangements with any music store, but believe that we want to give the consumer the choice of where they want to purchase their music,” Tuutti added.

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Comments

1

This seems like a smart idea for Nokia—not forcing buyers to use one store.  I personally *hate* cell phone companies not allowing customers to use whatever phone they want and disabling file transfers, etc.  It blows my mind that companies have that much audacity to tell paying customers that they can’t do what they want to do simply because the company is too greedy to allow it.  I refuse to buy any phone that has OBEX or bluetooth disabled.  I will not pay $2.99 for a ringtone that EXPIRES in 60 days.  Ridiculous. 

Sorry..had to vent.  I’m better now.

I would buy this phone if Apple decided to add iTunes support.  I hate having my big iPod at the gym, but I can’t bring myself to buy a smaller one just for that purpose.  And since I do bring my cellphone with me, this would be great.

Posted by dethbrakr in Tacoma, WA on August 18, 2005 at 4:26 PM (PDT)

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I believe phones like N91 will become the iPod-killer, sooner or later. It will replace the musicplayer, the cell phone, and for many users, the camera.

Posted by Frood on August 27, 2005 at 2:47 PM (PDT)

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