updated 08:55 am EST, Mon March 21, 2005
While the "save-a-pocket logic" of offering consumers built into a wireless phone seems obvious, there are several factors working against such a marriage, reports The Boston Globe. This month, Motorola delayed a phone that could download from iTunes. Analysts speculate that Motorola had faced pressure to drop the phone because buyers would be able to bypass the carriers' pricier music-download services. If people can buy a phone and download music from their computer song collection, ''that's not an interesting business proposition for the carrier," said analyst John Orlando. He also said ''iPod users and mobile phone users are completely different people ... It's a song they want right now ... They'll buy a song for $2 and listen to it for a few days, and then buy a new one." But analyst Adam Benjamin, said an iPod-cellphone combination "is going to take a while to happen. Convergence always takes longer than people think."