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Motorola and Apple launch world's first mobile phone with iTunes

MUMBAI: Motorola, Inc. and Apple launched the world's first mobile phone with iTunes, enabling music lovers to transfer up to 100 of their favorite songs from the iTunes jukebox on their Mac or PC to their mobile phone.

The Motorola ROKR (pronounced 'rocker') features easy-to-use menus, simple navigation and playback, and the ability to simply switch from listening to music to talking on the phone and back again with the push of a dedicated music key.

 

The new Motorola ROKR is available in the following markets:

US – today, exclusively with Cingular

UK – available first with Carphone Warehouse, expected in mid-September and then with O2, followed by Orange, Virgin Mobile, BT Mobile and other top retailers through September and October

France – expected to be available by late September through key retailers

Italy – expected to be available by late September through key retailers

Germany – expected to be available through distributor and operator channels in 2H 05

Canada – expected to be available in mid- to late-September with Rogers Wireless

Hong Kong – expected to be available by late September through multiple retail outlets and operator channels

Australia, Singapore and the Philippines – expected to be available late September through early October through retail and operator channels

Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and other markets throughout the world – expected to be available in the fourth quarter.

 

 

"The Motorola ROKR represents the ultimate convergence of mobile communications and music. Fusing iTunes with your always-with-you mobile phone, we’re revolutionizing the way the world experiences mobile self-expression and entertainment," said Motorola chairman and CEO Ed Zander.

 

 

"We've worked closely with Motorola to deliver the world's best music experience on a mobile phone. We're also thrilled to be working with some of the largest wireless carriers in the world to bring this pioneering phone to market," said iTunes vice president Eddy Cue.

The Motorola ROKR features a color display for viewing album art, dual built-in stereo speakers and stereo headphones that also serve as a mobile headset with microphone. Music fans can randomly autofill or manually fill the mobile phone with playlists of their favorite music, audiobooks and Podcasts from their iTunes library via a USB connection. The Motorola ROKR pauses music automatically when users take a call and offers the ability to listen to music while checking messages or snapping a photo.

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