Motorola have finally released their long-awaited iTunes compatible phone/MP3 player. Apple announced the device yesterday but it took until today for pictures and specs to appear on Motorola’s website. Specs look good – bluetooth, camera and all the other bits you’d expect on a current phone. It has some built in speakers (why…?) and as you’d expet it will pause the music when you take a call. It should be available from stores in the US soon and will no doubt make it’s way over here for Christmas.
I’m still left thinking that a standalone MP3 player is a better deal though. The Rockr uses “Transflash” memory which only seems to be available in capacities of up to 256MB at the moment so you’re not going to get a lot of tunes on there, and it seems to be limited to 100 songs irrespective of the storage. Why? Who knows but the cynic in me says Apple don’t want anything getting too close to the iPod shuffle market…
It’ll be interesting to see how well they sell – I doubt many people are going to rush out and replace their phone with this but if you’re in the market for a new phone would iTunes compatibility persuade you to get this over another one?
More details at Motorola’s website or you can get Apple’s side of the story here.