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iPod Phone Launches
Sep 8, 2005
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The much-anticipated iPod phone launched yesterday. Apple®, Motorola and Cingular Wireless introduced the first mobile phone with iTunes®, capable of storing up to 100 songs.

Apple’s iTunes software resides on the Motorola (Schaumburg, Illinois, U.S.) ROKR phone and is designed to have easy menus and simple navigation and playback, with a quick music-to-phone switching facilitated by a dedicated music key. The phone is available at Cingular's Web site and at Cingular retailers.

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

The phone comes with iTunes pre-installed at a retail price of U.S. $249.99 when users make a phone service 2-year commitment.

“We’ve worked closely with Motorola to deliver the world’s best music experience on a mobile phone,” said Apple (Cupertino, California, U.S.) CEO Steve Jobs. “We’re also thrilled to be working with Cingular, the largest wireless carrier in the US, to bring this pioneering phone to market.”

“The ROKR brings music to the mobile phone in a way unlike any other, with the unrivaled ease of use that has become the signature of iTunes,” said Motorola Chairman and CEO Ed Zander. “We predict that the ROKR is going to be a hit this holiday season.”

“We’re excited to be the first wireless carrier to offer the world’s first phone with iTunes to our customers nationwide,” said Ralph de la Vega, chief operating officer of Cingular Wireless ((Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.). “This innovative product represents a world class handset, connected to a world class network, delivering a world class application.”

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