“Next year, cell phones will learn how to carry a tune. Picture phones with pretty screens certainly caught the fancy of the mobile phone shopper in 2004, sending handset sales surging a projected record 20% over a year ago. But cell-phone makers have a couple of new tricks in store next year to keep the beat going,” Scott Moritz writes for TheStreet.com.
“By far the biggest feature coming to handsets in 2005 will be music. Yes, the long-awaited union of cell phones and digital music players, like Apple’s iPod, will soon be upon us. Like heat added to hotness, the fast-growing popularity of portable MP3 players figures to be a major component of the already-strong mobile phone market,” Moritz writes. “The greatest anticipation is centered on Motorola’s joint development with Apple. Motorola signed an agreement in July to use Apple’s iTunes software in a line of digital music phones that is expected to be unveiled sometime next year. Speculation has also cranked up on the possibility that Apple will lend some of its design skills to fashion an iPod phone with Motorola… And with Apple’s iTunes software, there’s great hope that some of the much-praised music organization features will be worked into new phones.,” Moritz writes.
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