TELECOM Digest OnLine - Sorted: With 25-Song Cap, iTunes Phone May Underwhelm

With 25-Song Cap, iTunes Phone May Underwhelm

Monty Solomon (
Thu, 1 Sep 2005 12:19:16 -0400

David M. Ewalt and Peter Kafka

NEW YORK - For more than a year, Apple and Motorola's plans to release
an iTunes-enabled phone have tantalized the music and mobile phone
businesses. Now, with the two companies set to unveil the long-rumored
handset Sept. 7, they might be underdelivering.

A person who has seen a version of the phone says it was designed to
accommodate just 25 songs, which would be "sideloaded" from a user's
computer using iTunes. The phone was equipped with a 128-megabyte
Sandisk TransFlash memory card -- just one-quarter the capacity of
Apple's smallest iPod, the 512-megabyte shuffle, which holds about
120 songs.

While it should be possible to swap out the memory card on the new
iTunes phone for one with more capacity, the person who has seen the
handset says the phone's software appears to artificially cap song
storage at 25 songs, regardless of how much memory the phone has.

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