Motorola CEO Ed Zander on Apple iPod nano: ‘Screw the nano’

Motorola CEO Ed Zander has “some harsh words for Apple’s new iPod nano, which many analysts believe stole the spotlight from Motorola’s ROKR phone during a recent launch event,” Tom Krazit reports for Macworld UK.

“‘Screw the nano. What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs?’ Zander said,” Krazit reports. “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.”

Full article here.
Now, now, just because Motorola’s ROKR was completely overshadowed and it completely underwhelms…

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31 Comments

  1. “‘Screw the nano. What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs?’ Zander said,” Krazit reports. “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.”

    I would add… “Something that doesn’t look like my first cell phone when I was 13… I’m 27…

  2. Ummm… I have 20 gigs filled and need to get more space. I listen to all of my music.
    There will always be people like me who don’t have a cell phone, don’t want a cell phone, have no use for a cell phone, but love the iPod.

  3. Time for Apple to release the Apple designed iPhone (you know they have one) and to partner directly with Cingular, who is actually being pretty open minded for a phone company. Cut Moto out of the picture as their phones a terrible, especially the UI.

  4. You think Moto might still have some pent up resentment over the loss of business when Apple switched to IBM chipset? Although Mr. Zander has only been at Moto for a year, I can almost imagine this reaction partly as “historical” rather than “hysterical”. Or perhaps Mr. Zander is just reliving some traumatic childhood event by throwing a tantrum. It is hard to believe that the CEO of a company would spew this sort of stuff so openly.

  5. Mo & Ted,

    I held off getting a RAZR cause I wanted it with iTunes. I would buy a RAZR with iTunes, no question. In fact, the iTunes phone stories started to come out as the RAZR was introduced. I was hoping with name like ROKR, that the design would be all RAZR. As it turns out, the ROKR is at best disappointing. If appleinsider reports that the RAZR/ROKR will be heftier, well, sorry, it probably will tank also.

    MW = cold, as “motorola will be left out in……”

  6. Maybe if he made the ROKR a totally new phone, instead of an old one with a face lift and stereo speakers, he woultn’t have too much to complain about.
    Actually, he should’ve let Apple design the phone. I bet it would run circles around the RAZR- but then he’fd probably complain that the ROKR is doing better than the RAZR.

    “Screw the ROKR. People want a device that will enable them to talk to others around the world and thats all they want.”
    And the contradicting words will continue, and so on…

  7. So, in one sentence he basically insults his partner (Apple) and every American user of iPods out there. He said, “‘Screw the nano. What the hell does the nano do? Who listens to 1,000 songs?’ Zander said,” Krazit reports. “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.”

    So, we’re not savvy users either. Whatever dude. You just made a lot of friends among those that would have been the biggest supporter of your disappointing ROKR phone.

    MW: “time” as in it’s TIME for Apple to make their own iPhone and show you guys how it’s done.

  8. Well, Steve did say that working with Moto on the ROKR was a ‘learning experience’.

    I guess one of those lessons learnt was not to let clueless amateurs do the design work on the hardware in future. Which probably explains why the phone was delayed, and delayed, and delayed… until the Nano was ready.

    Steve no doubt thought, “Urgh, this thing is ordinary.” He seemed rather underwhelmed at the launch.

    I’ve always hated the UI on Moto phones, and every other brand I’ve used isn’t really much better. Not to mention the generally infuriating pre-emptive text input on mobiles – they really need some basic pre-emptive grammar and syntax checking. I’ll just wait for Apple to release their own branded phone.

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