Motorola and Apple to bring iTunes Music Player to Motorola’s next-gen mobile phones

Motorola, Inc. and Apple today announced they are partnering to enable millions of music lovers to transfer their favorite songs from the iTunes jukebox on their Mac or PC, including songs from the iTunes Music Store, to Motorola’s next-generation ‘always with you’ mobile handsets, via a USB or Bluetooth wireless connection. Apple will create a new iTunes mobile music player, which Motorola will make the standard music application on all their mass-market music phones, expected to be available in the first half of next year.

“We can’t think of a more natural partnership than this one with Apple, the brand synonymous with easy-to-use, legal music downloading, and Motorola, the innovator in mobile technology,” said Ed Zander, chairman and CEO, Motorola in the press release. “Being able to transfer songs you’ve purchased from iTunes to Motorola mobile handsets expands the market reach for both of us and drives new revenue for customers, delivering an amazing music experience to millions of wireless users.”

“We are thrilled to be working with Motorola to enable millions of music lovers to transfer any of their favorite songs from iTunes on their PC or Mac to Motorola’s next-generation mobile phones,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO in the press release. “The mobile phone market — with 1.5 billion subscribers expected worldwide by the end of 2004 — is a phenomenal opportunity to get iTunes in the hands of even more music lovers around the world and we think Motorola is the ideal partner to kick this off.”

35 Comments

  1. I was always wondering if Motorola would ever come in handy again…

    Also wondering if that bikini touch would come in handle. I mean, obviously, a tech-geek web-site has to be loaded full of women / men who need good gift-ideas for their THOUSANDS of girlfriends (i mean, afterall, geeks do become desirable once they reach college… that’s what I was taught…)

  2. It’s about time. I’ve been waiting for higher end cellphonees to be released. The phones available right now are garbage (no matter what dollar you pay for them). I want a bluetooth flip phone and it seems that there only a few options, none of them mp3 enabled, colour screen, durable, good battery life, and supported by my local networks. Perhaps this will entice more competition between other cellular manufacturers. Looking forward to the release of the “Mapplorola” flip phone. Can’t be more than an iPod and I’ve spent more than that on my current phone.

  3. Hey Ace, ever hear of the V600? Flip, color screen, mp3 ringtones, Bluetooth, 5 mb storage, long battery life, etc. Plus, with Motorola’s mobile-phone tools software and USB connection, you can use your phone as a modem.

  4. Well, ladies and gentlemen, there you have it. Apple will be coming out with a mobile phone, via Motorola, that will have all the functionality of the iPod along with a camera and wi-fi. You heard it here first. This agreement is just the beginning.

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