updated 08:10 pm EDT, Wed July 28, 2004
Trouble for Mot-iTunes?
Mobile operators could and stop other phone manufacturers from launching similar digital music transfer services and may be unwilling to subsidize handsets, according to analysts interview by Forbes: "analysts think mobile operators will obstruct the partnership unless revenue streams are offered to them. It could make it hard for Motorola to ship iTunes handsets when they launch at the start of 2005. 'The deal implies that fixed broadband connections are a better way to deliver high quality music downloads than mobile networks,' said Ian Fogg, broadband and personal technology analyst at Jupiter Research Europe. 'It suggests that operators hoping to profit from music downloads will be bypassed by PC transfer services like this.'"