“A Motorola executive on Thursday previewed an upcoming mobile phone that can play music from Apple Computer Inc.’s iTunes store,” Matt Hicks reports for eWEEK. “Speaking during a keynote at the International Consumer Electronics Show here, the executive demonstrated the phone, which in many ways mimics the iPod. It syncs with a computer and the iTunes Music Store like an iPod does, and incorporates the iPod interface for navigating and playing digital music, said Ron Garriques, a Motorola executive vice president.”
“The phone is the first of many Motorola devices that will support iTunes this year, said Garriques, also president of Motorola’s personal devices business. He didn’t provide product details for the phone or say when it would be available. But the demo at CES bolsters rumors that an iTunes-compatible Motorola phone would be launched this month, possibly at the Macworld conference and expo that opens next week in San Francisco. Last month, an Apple executive revealed that the phone was due in the first half of 2005,” Hicks reports. “In July, Motorola announced a licensing deal with Apple to use iTunes in its phones.”
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