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An iPod Cellphone Said to Be Imminent

Monty Solomon (
Wed, 31 Aug 2005 00:56:11 -0400


SAN FRANCISCO, Aug. 29 - Apple Computer and Motorola plan to unveil a
long-awaited mobile phone and music player next week that will
incorporate Apple's iTunes software, a telecommunications industry
analyst who has been briefed on the announcement said on Monday.

The development marks a melding of two of the digital era's most
popular devices, the cellphone and the iPod, which has become largely
synonymous with the concept of downloading songs from the Internet or
transferring them from compact discs.

Roger Entner, a telecommunications analyst with Ovum, a market
research firm, said he had been told by an industry executive that the
new phone, to be made by Motorola, would be marketed by Cingular
Wireless. Mr. Entner said it would include iTunes software, which
helps power the iPod.

The software will allow people to transfer songs from a personal
computer to the mobile phone, then listen to the songs, presumably
through headphones. "It's a deluxe music player now on your
cellphone," he said of the device.

Apple, Motorola and Cingular declined to confirm or deny the report.
But Apple did announce on Monday that it would hold a major news
event on Sept. 7 in San Francisco that it indicated was
music-related. Apple is routinely tight-lipped about pending product
announcements, preferring to make a splash on the day of the event.

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