Cingular Offering First iTunes Phone (Updated)

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Cingular Wireless is now offering the Motorola ROKR E1, the world’s first mobile phone with iTunes.

This lets users transfer up to 100 songs from the iTunes jukebox on their Mac or PC to their mobile phone.

The new Motorola ROKR has a 176-by-220-pixel, color display for viewing album art and features built-in dual-stereo speakers, as well as stereo headphones that also serve as a mobile headset with microphone.

Users can randomly auto-fill or manually fill the mobile phone with music, audiobooks, and podcasts from their iTunes library via a USB connection.

Cingular iTunes Phone The Motorola ROKR pauses music automatically when users take a call and offers the ability to listen to music while exchanging SMS messages or snapping a photo with the built-in VGA camera.

This is a tri-band GSM/GPRS (850/1800/1900 MHz) phone with Bluetooth short-range wireless networking.

It is 4.25 inches tall, 1.81 inches wide, and 0.80 inches thick.

According to Motorola, its battery is good for 9 hours of talking, 15 hours of music playback on headphones, or 8 hours of music with the phone’s internal speakers.

The new Motorola ROKR is available today from the Cingular web site. It will be sold exclusively in all Cingular stores beginning tomorrow. It costs $250.

Cingular will be the only carrier in the United States to offer this phone, but it is expected to appear later in other countries. Rogers Wireless in Canada is likely to be the first of these.

Just 100 Songs?!

Many people have already begun to criticize the decision to limit the number of iTunes songs that this device can store.

Because Apple was worried that sales of the ROKR E1 would cut into sales of its iPods, iTunes will only transfer 100 songs to this phone.

Hurricane Relief However, it does have a microSD slot and a separate music player, so it is able to store and play other songs in MP3 format.

Currently, the largest microSD card is 512 MB, but SanDisk expects to introduce a 1 GB microSD card by the end of the year and a 2 GB card in 2006.

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