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Motorola Sings Microsoft's Tune

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Feb 14, 2006, 8:32 AM   by (staff)

Motorola yesterday announced a licensing agreement with Microsoft in order to bring Windows Media to its phones. Motorola will continue to offer iTunes phones, and is showing off the v3i M with iTunes at 3GSM. However, when previewing the ROKR 2, the company announced it could hold up to 1000 songs, obviously beyond iTunes 100 song limit. Motorola has said in the past that carriers will be able to choose which music software the new ROKR will come with depending on their music partner. Microsoft enabled handsets will be able to download songs over the air in Windows Media Pro format as well as transfer music from Windows Media Player on their PCs.



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Feb 16, 2006, 6:08 PM

hey rich or eric...............song limit question.

😕 since the ROKR2 has a limit of 1000 songs does it mean apple's itunes will not be installed on the phone. 😕 or is apple upping up the song limit.
I thought it was already common knowledge that the new ROKR wasn't using iTunes.

Feb 14, 2006, 11:58 AM

That's all wonderful and all, but...

WMA is crap to listen to. I know it's not currently where the money's at, but it'd be nice if Moto would do something revolutionary in this industry and support a format like ogg.

In addition, they have the multi-billion dollar assets --why don't they jump intot he fray with their own deal?

Actually, at this point, anybody, Napster, Real, Apple is better than Microsoft who's not established in the market of selling the music at all. All they have essentially is the resource TO be able to roll something out, and a codec that sucks due to high file size and low quality.

Yeah WMA is lame. I always have volume issues when I make cd's from WMA. It always turns out quieter than my AAC or MP3 formatted stuff. And it sounds worse too. Alot of artifacting in the high range. I was just fine without WMA licensing in mobile ph...
Except for the fact that WMA PRO is becoming a popular format for carriers launching their own music stores (along with all the DRM and tranport technologies the carriers are purchasing from MS to launch the services).

You always have to remember...

Feb 14, 2006, 1:14 PM

Could this mean...

Could this mean that the ROKR would be dual launched? Cingular with iTunes and VZW with Windows Media? Thats a great deal for Moto to make with Microsoft - I can see Moto running the table for music phones.
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