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Sony Ericsson Gets in the Music Business for Real
November 9, 2007, 4:36 pm
Filed under: Apple, EMI, iPhone, mobile, Music, Nokia, Sony, Sony BMG, Sony Ericsson, Universal, Vivendi, Warner Music

In a clear response to Nokia’s recent launch of a music portal with PC and mobile storefronts for purchasing and downloading tunes, Sony Ericsson has announced that it too will have a full-fledged music store for its customers by Q2 2008. S-E has always been able to sell tunes from the Sony BMG Music Entertainment, but has now reached agreement with the other three major labels (Universal Music Group (Vivendi), EMI Group PLC and Warner Music Group Corp). All of which means that Sony Ericsson customers will now be able to purchase the vast majority of the major label music that they can purchase through iTunes, Rhapsody, Nokia Music, etc.

The announcement yesterday was apparently timed to respond to both Nokia’s announcement last month, and the launch of the iPhone in Europe which takes place today.




Nokia Music Store Now Online
November 1, 2007, 2:29 pm
Filed under: AllAboutSymbian, iPhone, Loudeye, N81, N95, Nokia

…in the UK. Coming soon to a browser or N95 near you. Music from Nokia.

The AllAboutSymbian site reports the Nokia Music store, widely anticipated following the Nokia purchase of Loudeye last August. The company has cut deals with the 4 big labels and will be selling DRM’d tracks, initially only in the WMA format with other formats to come. The PC and mobile clients will interact to a limited extent and, and the PC client will support a plan for ‘all you can eat’ streaming of tracks (to be added to the mobile client later). Initially available on the N81 and N95 8G, you can expect that Nokia will soon incorporate the mobile client in many of their multimedia lines.

Looks like a solid offering to line up against iTunes + iPhone. It wil be interesting to see the rest of the industry respond.



Verizon Adds iPhone Lookalike In Challenge To Apple
October 4, 2007, 1:34 pm
Filed under: Apple, EDGE, EVDO, iPhone, LG, Verizon

Verizon today unveiled it’s version of the LG Voyager, an iPhone like touch screen candy bar/clamshell which opens to a full keyboard. Verizon retails salespeople were positively giddy today to be able to point to an iPhone-like device which they will have available “in a few months”. “We’re getting 5 million questions a day about the iPhone” according to one…it’ll be nice to have something to offer. In addition to the QWERTY keyboard the Voyager will also benefit from Verizon’s EVDO data network, which sports speeds often 5X that of AT&T’s EDGE, the only available option for iPhone owners in the US.
LG Voyager

Full announcement at InformationWeek among others….



Orange to distribute iPhone in France
September 20, 2007, 2:08 pm
Filed under: Apple, France, France Telecom, iPhone, Orange

Forbes reports that Orange has won the contract to distribute the Apple iPhone in France.

The full story here: Forbes Story



Apple introduces iPod with WiFi and Touchscreen
September 5, 2007, 1:31 pm
Filed under: Apple, iPhone, ipod, Microsoft, mp3 player, Nano, Sandisk, Sansa, zune

In the constant battle to keep the iPod ahead of the mp3 player clones, Apple today introduced new models of its iPod and Nano, incorporating new technologies such as WiFi access (much like Sandisk’s Sansa Connect and Microsoft’s Zune) and a touch screen based upon the same technology employed in the iPhone. Having the coolest new technology incorporated into the iPod is essential to Apple’s product strategy, even its corporate aura. With Microsoft working on its second generation Zune player, and countless competitors cranking out cheap mp3-playing glorified storage devices in a variety of innovative packages and economic ranges, Apple no longer has an advantage in distribution or for that matter innovation. Apple hasn’t become the safe, boring alternative yet, and that means that the iPod brand is not yet in decline,… today’s announcement doesn’t restore it lost technological lead, but it does maintain the spectacular marketing lead that Steve Jobs has built.

Read more at Bloomberg



Apple Inks Deals for iPhone Distribution in Europe
August 22, 2007, 12:25 pm
Filed under: Apple, iPhone, mobile, O2, Orange, Vodafone

Apple has signed its first three deals for European distribution of the iPhone according to the Financial Times. O2 in Britain, Orange in France and Vodafone in Germany are the lucky partners who have agreed to hand over 10% of the voice and data traffic revenue from the iPhone customers in exchange for exclusivity in their respective markets.

The story was broken by FT Deutschland. The complete article at FT.com



Study Finds iPhone touchscreen 2X slower than QWERTY Phones
August 16, 2007, 12:54 pm
Filed under: Apple, iPhone, mobile, usability, user interface

OMG! Study finds iPhone texting 2x slower than QWERTY by ZDNet‘s Larry Dignan — A study has determined that iPhone’s touchscreen is two times slower than QWERTY phones when it comes to texting. OMG! This study was conducted by User Centric, a Chicago-based usability consultant. User Centric concludes: It took QWERTY users almost twice as long to create the same message on the iPhone as it did on their QWERTY phone. […]