NET RADIO & MUSIC ON CELL PHONES
From FMQB.com "…Yesterday, Motorola introduced iRadio, a new service that will allow Internet radio to reach mobile phones. The iRadio technology fine-tunes existing media-ready mobile phones and allows them to record select Internet streams (XM, Sirius anyone?) when connected to a personal computer. Music from participating download services can also be transferred to iRadio ready phones. Once the phone leaves its PC dock, the contents can be listened to through headphones or through a car stereo system equipped with an iRadio Bluetooth adapter. Motorola also introduced a mobile phone that will store and play music, using Apple’s iTunes Music Player. iRadio trial versions will begin in a few months, with the fourth quarter of 2005 targeted for mass release."
"In March, the world’s sixth biggest mobile phone producer, Sony Ericsson, is set to launch digital Walkman phones. While some Sony Ericsson mobile units already have a digital music player, the new version will contain more music features, including a significant amount of memory to store songs imported from a variety of devices and have access to Connect, Sony’s digital download service…"
"Also on the slate for this year, the world’s leading phone maker, Nokia, has announced a deal with Microsoft that will allow music to be loaded from a PC to mobile units. Using Microsoft’s Windows Audio, the Nokia mobiles will allow for a download from a PC or from a wireless phone network. The model that Nokia unveiled with this capability has a gigabyte of storage, which is one-quarter of an iPod Mini’s capacity. The company also cut a deal with Seattle-based Loudeye Corp. for a download service…"
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