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Mobile phone carriers to threaten iPod dominance

updated 10:50 am EST, Tue December 7, 2004

Apple vs. mobile carriers

The in the portable music player business won't come from other consumer electronics manufacturers, but will come from a mobile phone carrier, according to a music executive from one of the big five record labels. On Monday, Warner Music Group CEO Edgar Bronfman said in a UBS Media Week Conference that it wouldn't be long before operators such as Vodafone become major distributors of music via third-generation networks and cell phones with memory comparable to that of current portable music players, according to the "Those network operators, said Bronfman, have advantages such as a secure, piracy-resistant network and distribution base of phone-carrying customers much larger than the 5.7 million iPod portable music players that Apple has sold.

by MacNN Staff




  1. bobolicious

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iTime 4...

    ...iPhone - next year will likely see convergence of music, photo, video, radio, cell phone, contacts, calendar, data and ultimately banking in one's little iBox...

    Good luck if it's ever lost or stolen...

  1. Sebastien

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Pretty grandiose assessme

    especially considering that many (like myself) do have an MP3 player (though not an iPod), but no cell phone.

  1. horvatic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Phones, I don't think so

    I won't be listening to music on my phone.

  1. ender

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Yet more evidence that MBA degrees aren't worth the paper they are printed on. There are SO many problems with this idea, I don't even know where to start. How about the cell phone carriers who can't even give me a reliable connection here in Chicago? Or who's "national plans" provide no coverage unless you are in a big city or driving on an interstate highway. If you are talking a music broadcasting service, my money is on satellites. If you are talking music purchasing, as soon as you can provide reliable, T1 speeds to my cell phone then I'll consider it.

    I won't be holding my breath...

  1. kaleberg

    Joined: Dec 1969


    unclear on the concept

    Cell phone owners and music lovers do not want a "secure, piracy-resistant network and distribution" system. Once again, the music owners are unclear on the concept.

    If someone came out with a cellphone you could drag and drop MP3 files to using a Bluetooth or USB connection, they would own the market. The simple fact is that people want to OWN their music. Providing a 900 number that lets you "pay for play" is not an option, sound quality be damned.

    (Apologies on the spelling and grammar. Wow, this champagne (Domaine Chandon) is good).

  1. rok

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ah, yes, the telco's...

    yep, and i am sure the telephony companies won't hesitate to try to use this as an additional revenue stream, by either bumping up current rates to supply streaming, clear music signals (funny, my phone can't even do streaming VOICE very well in spots), or offering yet ANOTHER place for advertisers to place commercials, unless you pay for a premium service.

  1. Getoverit

    Joined: Dec 1969


    satellite no better

    I have sirius and it"s nice when you have a clear path to the satellite otherwise it's c***(tunnels bridges trees garage)
    Not going to renew

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Hmm.. Motorola Anyone?

    Isn't that why Apple partnered with Motorola to deliver iTunes support on their phones?

  1. mgpalma

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Cell Phones threatening..


    Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha . Good one, and it's not even April 1!

    THe question is, will my cell phone be able to boot my Mac ;-)

    Folding for TeamMacOSX as G5
    Join the #1 Mac Team!

  1. mouseketter

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re:Hmm... Motorola Anyone

    Yes your right. Interesting thing though. The iTunes compatible phones and service were supposed to be announced in December and excepted for release in late 1st quarter or early 2nd quarter.

    Although I guess they could make an announcement at MacWorld SF.

    But doubtful. Probably just one of those ideas that fell to the way side like men going to mars. What ever happened to that idea?

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