Apple and Motorola Finally Launch iTunes Phone
Sep 7, 2005, 12:59 PM by (staff)
updated Apple today launched the first phone that will sync with their iTunes software. The Motorola ROKR E1 is almost exactly the model expected after months of leaks and rumors. It is based on Motorola's E398 phone and shares the same hardware features: a VGA camera with flash, tri-band GSM/GPRS, 176 x 220 display and microSD (TransFlash) memory card slot. It also has stereo speakers, a stereo headset jack, and a lighted bezel the syncs to ringtones. The difference is that the ROKR syncs to iTunes, like any other iPod, via a USB cable. It can play tracks from the iTunes Music Store and can be filled with iTunes Autofill. Most carriers, including Cingular, will ship the phone with a 512 MB memory card included. Although a card of that size can hold up to 120 songs at low quality, the iTunes phone sofware is limited to 100 songs. Like the Sony Ericsson Walkman phone, the ROKR will feature an airplane mode to listen to music with the phone off. The ROKR will be available exclusively on Cingular in the US, and should be in their stores this weekend.
Hands-on report from the New York City launch of the long-awaited Motorola music phone with Apple's iTunes.
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Would you guys buy it? YES or NO
Synching via usb is dumb. If it was over EDGE and then UMTS (when it's available) I would want it more.
all i like about this phone is its design and name, but i rather stick with my razr...i dont really care about carrying my cell and ipod at the same time....i have a 60gb ipod photo which i keep on its holster and my razr which i keepin my poc...
1) I work for VZW. Can't beat our employee plan with Cingular's consumer plan.
2) Unfortunately, the ROKR has issues. http://www.macworld.com/news/2005/09/09/rokr/ index.php
I've also heard lots o...
100 song limit might be software cap after all
Terrible news if true. Why buy this for $250 when I can get a REAL iPod for a few bucks more that has no limits? Shame on you, Apple....
Why does Cingular always get the good Moto phones?
Shame on Motorola for shunning all of the other big and small carriers. Guess I'll be buying the N91.
OK, now that i've got that out of my system, its not that moto wants to sell phones, they want to make money. Cin...
Should have used another phone
The 398 had already been out for a while, and was a solid phone, but wasn't a widely adopted model as no carrier had picked it up. It had already recieved FCC approval, ...
100 songs? Gimme a break....Get a Windows Smartphone
Windows SmartPhone = 300 songs on 1gb memory stick + movies + windows apps.....enuf said.
this thing looks cool. I'd rather get anything other than this phone: Sony W800i, Nokia N91, or the above mentioned sammy
It is very good looking and i think it will do quite well.
Yes, it's Motorola, and unfortunately "good looking" and "quality" don't go hand in hand with the company. We'll see.
Interesting Article about music and carrier's profits
Ever tried sending an MMS with ...
not in the same class as the w800
The only advantage it has over the w800 is GSM850, but this isn't important to everyone...
Obviously, this phone hasn't been reviewed, or even seen by many people, yet. We'll see then.
BTW-why don't phone manufacturers include an in line remote on thier headphones with music-oriented phones? The "end call" button is fine for business phones, but this is different.
In Most Stores Tomorrow!!!