Feeds

Motorola readies Windows Media music phone line-up

Apple relationship souring?

The Power of One Brief: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

Motorola is to produce a line of Windows Media Audio-based music phones, the company said this week, as an alternative to the iTunes-equipped handsets it already offers in partnership with Apple. The two product lines will remain separate, Motorola claimed.

Up to three WMA handsets are scheduled to ship in H2, Reuters reports.

It's hard not to see the move as a blow to the Apple partnership. Not that it's been what you'd call a perfect relationship. The two companies announced plans to co-operate in August 2004, saying the first iTunes-equipped phone would ship during the first half of 2005. In the end, the ROKR didn't debut until August 2005, and won immediate criticism not only for its lacklustre performance but the 100-song limit iTunes imposes on users.

Since then, Motorola has shipped the rather more impressive SLVR handset, the device the ROKR really should have been. But there's still no over-the-air song download mechanism, a mode of delivery that would find favour with network operators because they take a cut. According to Motorola, the WMA phones will support this operator-friendly feature.

The downside is the cost, and that's probably why Apple hasn't rushed to support the mode - it undoubtedly reckons, and reasonably too, that consumers aren't going to buy too many songs from the networks when they can get them more cheaply using a Mac or PC. The risk, however, is that it will get squeezed out of the phone market, though it may experience a change of heart should it become a virtual network operator as Apple is rumoured to be becoming. ®

Application security programs and practises

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Bose says today is F*** With Dre Day: Beats sued in patent battle
Music gear giant seeks some of that sweet, sweet Apple pie
Apple orders huge MOUNTAIN of 80 MILLION 'Air' iPhone 6s
Bigger, harder trouser bulges foretold for fanbois
Microsoft confirms secret Surface will never see the light of day
Microsoft's form 8-K records decision 'not to ship a new form factor'
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Seven Steps to Software Security
Seven practical steps you can begin to take today to secure your applications and prevent the damages a successful cyber-attack can cause.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.