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Mobile Phone Industry Eyes Music Downloads

Monty Solomon (
Mon, 14 Feb 2005 23:44:40 -0500

By LAURENCE FROST AP Business Writer

CANNES, France (AP) -- With a covetous eye on the success of portable
music players, mobile phone makers are going after would-be iPod
buyers by building high-quality players into their handsets.

Sony Ericsson announced Monday it would soon market music-player
mobiles under its parent's Walkman brand, drawing on the music
catalogue of a sister company, Sony BMG, the world's No. 2 record

And Nokia Corp., the world's leading phone maker, announced an
alliance with Microsoft Corp. to allow mobile subscribers to load
music from a PC onto their phones _ much the way that a digital music
player works.

Unlike owners of dedicated MP3 players, Nokia users will also be able
to download tracks directly onto their handsets through the wireless
phone network and transfer them to computer for storage or burning
onto a CD.

At a news conference on the first day of the 3GSM World Congress, a
major mobile industry gathering on the French Riviera, Nokia also
unveiled a new "3G" phone with an integrated music player and
high-quality stereo output.


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