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Music phone users differ from iPod owners

updated 08:55 am EST, Mon March 21, 2005

iPod/phone convergence

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."




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  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Phones

    Can they just make a phone I can make phone calls on? You know, without needing to take a power adapter around with me everywhere I go to make up for the incredibly short battery life. If they just took the music players, camera's, dishwashers, etc out of phones and filled the space with battery capacity, they'd have a hot seller from people who don't have time to play with their ity-bity phone toy and actually have work to do.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    More phones

    Can the wireless people prevent motorola from issuing the phone? I mean, if it follows all the standards for connectivity, is there any way that Verizon and such can say "Sorry, we don't support that phone model?" just because they don't like the music part of it?

    Although I must say I'm excited to hear that Verizon and the other wireless carriers are getting into the song download service! Because we know they don't try to nickel and dime you to death with excess charges or anything!

  1. madgunde

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I agree beeble...

    I agree 100% beeble. That's why I got a Blackberry 6290 phone. It's one of the few mobile phones that doesn't feel like a gimmick. No camera, no music player, just a good cell phone with a great email client and good mobile web browser that has fantastic battery life.

    The UI is clean, I can adjust the fonts to whatever size I want and when it's time to read or compose an email, the GUI disappears completely leaving you with 100% of the screen real estate to get your work done. It also syncs quite respectably with Mac OS X's Address Book and iCal via USB, which charges it at the same time like the iPod. No extra power adapter needed on trips (if I bring my PowerBook).

    As for battery life, I leave BlueTooth on always and I have yet to drain this thing more than 15-20% in a day, even with liberal use of the backlight. For anyone looking for a new smartphone, I'd highly recommend the BlackBerry 6290.

  1. phowson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    That being said...

    While I agree with the "phone as a phone primarily" thing, if Apple were really interested in getting onto the phones, they should develop a lightweight client, (no visualizers, smart playlists, etc.) either J2ME, palm OS, or symbian OS for the phone that synced through iSync. The maximum storage on these phones is rarely more than 128MB (I think the p910a works with the memory stick duo pro but I could be wrong) so the amount of bandwidth required for syncing is pretty low and thus is suitable for bluetooth.
    I am personally a little confused as to why they are trying to partner with a phone manufacturer on this. This is a situation that screams for another elegant but simple Apple solution.

  1. Dr.Funkenstein

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Once again

    The interests of corporate America (well, the Telecom industry) are at odds with what their customers actually want, so they are refusing to give it to them.

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    BEEBLE

    All I can say is HALLELUJIA!!!

    >>>>>>>Can they just make a phone I can make phone calls on? You know, without needing to take a power adapter around with me everywhere I go to make up for the incredibly short battery life. If they just took the music players, camera's, dishwashers, etc out of phones and filled the space with battery capacity, they'd have a hot seller from people who don't have time to play with their ity-bity phone toy and actually have work to do.

  1. cmoney

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    for the luddites

    uh they do:

    http://www.t-mobile.com/products/overview.asp?phoneid=230863&class=phone
    similar phones are available for all the carriers.

    or is 10 days stand by time not enough? what if you found out that adding all those features added maybe 2 chips to the whole phone and replacing those chips with batteries would add 5 minutes of talk time. would you still be fighting to remove them? cell phones aren't incredibly complicated inside and most of the added functions have come as a result of better integration and not added components.

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