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Motorola confirms iTunes phone launch

updated 08:10 pm EDT, Wed April 20, 2005

iTunes phone coming

Motorola on Wednesday night confirmed plans to launch the much-anticipated that will play digital music downloaded from Apple's iTunes Music Store, according to The Financial Times. During the company's quarterly conference call, Motorola's CEO said that the iTunes product would be coming out in the next few months, despite ongoing speculation that Motorola might delay the launch of its iTunes phone "because of lack of enthusiasm among US network operators." Hoping to continue in the footsteps of its popular Razr phone, Motorola said it hopes to boost marketshare and profit margins by introducing new phones, such as the Pebl, a curved flip phone, and the Slivr, a thin handset with a face that slides to a keypad a screen.

Motorola said it shipped 28.7 million mobile phones, a 13 percent from the year-ago quarter and lifted its market share to about 17.1 percent. Overall its financials were up 48 percent from the year-ago quarter (excluding the recently spun-off Freescale semiconductor business). Motorola reported first-quarter earnings of $692 million (28 cents per a share), up from $609 million (19 cents per share) in the year-ago quarter--including its semiconductor business.

by MacNN Staff





  1. jasonsRX7

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I still have yet to see a picture of this damn phone

  1. Eriamjh

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Stupid idea. Stupid phone.

  1. Keith Whitehead

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I need tools not toys

    I need a phone that I can sync my addressbook and diary to via bluetooth. I don't car about all the noddy features, I dont want polyphonic ring tones, I am NOT ALLOWED a camera, I don't want games, I dont want and fm tuner or any of the other stupid toys.

    As soon as the phone makers get back to making a useable TOOL and stop making toys then I will upgrade, until then I will stick with what I have.

  1. tonewheel

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Looks Like This?

    What you can't really see is the scroll wheel on the lower front, and, the entire front slides up to reveal the keypad. Very cool.

  1. I.P. Freely

    Joined: Dec 1969


    make a phone....

    make a phone that has iPod shuffle built in, what so hard

  1. konakazi

    Joined: Dec 1969



    A new gadget phone that plays itunes tracks? Sign me up! I already have a Motorola phone that syncs with my machine and I love it. If I could use itunes on it and have a sleek new toy, I'd be all over it.

  1. bfalchuk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Link not right

    The phone in that link is not the Moto music phone. That was an artist's rendition of expected future Apple products, done for a Business 2.0 article.

    Moto said this would be a mid-range phone, not the sleek, high-end type of phone in the B2.0 article.

  1. himself

    Joined: Dec 1969


    itunes phone...

    ...we'll see. I wonder if it will be anything like the SLVR (,,86,00.html# ) which looks really good. Too bad, I'll be going with Sony Ericsson anyway.

    Here's what the PEBL looks like if anyone is curious... (,,87,00.html )

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