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Motorola CEO criticizes iPod nano

updated 10:00 am EDT, Mon September 26, 2005

Motorola CEO on iPod nano

Motorola's CEO Ed Zander, who expects companies such as Apple and Dell to offer their own hybrid communication/computing devices, for Apple's iPod nano, which analysts believe took the spotlight from the company's launch of Motorola ROKR iTunes phone. "'Screw the nano. What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs?' Zander said. People are going to want devices that do more than just play music, something that can be seen in many other countries with more advanced mobile phone networks and savvy users, he said."

by MacNN Staff




  1. groundwork

    Joined: Dec 1969



    You know what hurt the launch of the ROKR? The ROKR itself.

    And the there's this: "more advanced mobile phone networks"

    Exactly. And I'm pretty sure that is outside of Apple's control/responsibility.

    PS, I'd rather listen to 1000 songs than make a phone call.

  1. kadavila

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What people want..

    If he knew "what people wanted", he wouldn't have released the POS that is the ROKR. It kills me that these CEO's wanna trash a company that has innovated the entire computer and music industry for the good of not only itself but its competition.

  1. coldfusion1970

    Joined: Dec 1969


    iPod remarks

    Boy, he sure seems to be a bad loser. Just becuase the Motorola phone has been slagged off in the press, its no reason to slate the Nano. I'm sure the next Motorola iTunes phone will be better once they learn from their mistakes.

  1. ogun

    Joined: Dec 1969


    sour grapes

    I take it that ROKR sales haven't been all that good, eh?

  1. JohnnyFive

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Two words.

    Sour grapes.

  1. technocoy

    Joined: Dec 1969



    After apple even took the time to develop iTunes for this piece of shite, and he spouts off like that...

    time for the iPhone. or s**** it, just buy motorola and make it into a REAL device company.

  1. David Esrati

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Design- the difference

    Hey Ed- You had a hot seller with your Razor phone- so why does the ROKR look like some dowdy grandma phone? It's all about design- if you want to be the cool company with the press- design a cool phone. I fell for the Samsung i500- even though it's palm/sprint integration sucks- just like your integration of iTunes with a phone- but- it gave me two things- a portable compact palm device- and a phone- you handed people a brick- apple handed people the nano- which is very s***. You didn't even have to get the iTunes integration right- you just had to have a s*** package.

    Instead of spending all that money on s*** rockstars for your phone booth commercial- you should have figured out how to make the phone s***.

    Crying about your ugly stepchild doesn't help either.

    Better go back to the drawing board- asap.

  1. climacs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Who wants to listen to

    100 songs on their ugly ROKR instead of 1,000 songs on a s*** black iPod nano?

    I was on a plane last week and a dude had a black nano. EVERYONE wanted to touch it and handle it, just like the commercial!

    And quite unlike the ROKR. Whip that out in a bar and no one will give a s***.

  1. Kristoff

    Joined: Dec 1969


    All Phones Suck

    The state of US Cellular handsets really sucks. This includes the RAZR and ROKR. Both are truely lamentable handsets--one has the gimick of being thin, the other has the gimick of playing music. Both are typically poor examples of what features a cellular handset should be in the year 2005. Where's my XHTML browser? Where's my J2ME MIDP 2.0? And for the love of GOD......where in the h*** is my 3G? What's with the slow menu response on Moto phones? What's with the random lockups? What's with iTap? WHY CAN'T ANYONE BUILD A GOOD HANDSET?

  1. JohnM15141

    Joined: Dec 1969


    I'm a saavy user and...

    The first thing I realized was I don't want to listen to music on my cell phone and use up my battery so I can't use the phone when I need it. I'll listen to music on a seperate device and keep me phone on standby so it's ready when I need it!

    In my opinion he's got it all backwards.

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