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Monday, May 23, 2005
  MP3 able cell phones aren't iPod killers
There's an article up on the WSJ online site deatiling why music capable cellphones aren't going to be able to topple the iPods reign as DAP king(or queen for all you pink Pod lovers). One of the main reasons the iPod is here to stay, for now at least, is the Apple brand. While Apple has built a reputation for it's products being easy to setup and use making many users fanatical followers of the company, the cellphone industry has little to no brand loayalty and a measily 55% customer satisfaction rating. I would say their more into making a profit (up to $4.00 and/or $4.99 a month for a few 10 second ringtones?!?) than making something their consumers find easy and fun to use. One good point the article makes is how exactly would transferring music to your cellphone work? Would you be able to make backups or bring your library of tunes to another phone if it was lost or stolen? As fun as it is paying $0.30 per picture to e-mail out not-as-good-as-a-digital camera photos, I doubt many would like being forced to only play songs you download from your cellphones musice service and not be able to transfer your music from your PC.
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