No iTunes Support in Motorola ROKR E2

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    According to The New York Times, Motorola's upcoming revision to the ROKR E1 will not include Apple iTunes Music Stores support. Instead, the ROKR E2 will support a new subscription music service from Motorola called iRadio.

    The Motorola ROKR E1 was the first cell phone to provide support for Apple's iTunes Music Store. The phone, however, was met with poor reviews. Last we heard, Motorola was revamping the ROKR to address these shortcomings. Apple iTunes support, however, appears to have been dropped with the revamp.

    Motorola, however, still offers iTunes support in their recently announced RAZR V3i phone.
     
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    the motorola apple love hate relationship continues
     
  3. Tcnorman macrumors newbie

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    Foolish

    The ROKR E1 with iTunes support was going to be so much better. Another cell phone disappointment from Moto.
     
  4. the.snitch macrumors regular

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    Motorola Sucks. Screw them with their crappy interfaces, ugly designs, slow ex. powerpc processor manufacturing, lame advertising, and stupid management.

    There, I said it. No one here really cares about this. You all knew ROKR e2 was going to be just as crap as the e1.
     
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    Something is cooking in the kitchen....and it doesn't smell good.:eek:
     
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    Bad news IMO...even though the original ROKR was pretty pathetic, discontinuing iTunes support is a step backwards. Would like to see iTunes on mobile phones gaining more traction, not less...
     
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    It's too soon to give up after only the first version of an iTunes-enabled phone. But it certainly sounds like Motorola is hedging its bets.
     
  8. narco macrumors 65816

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    Good. If the leaked E2 photos are real, then it's a good thing Apple's name isn't attached to it.

    I'll stick with my handy Treo 650.

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  9. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Screw the ROKR E1.



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    what's that again? rockin' cowboys?

    what they called? broken back mountain? :D
     
  12. nsjoker macrumors regular

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    rawr

    well... it was love hate, but this just sounds like hate hate. they're completely scrapping iTunes, yikes. and the worst part is this iRadio. i hate to think that companies believe they can harness apple's image by adding a lowercase "i" next to any crap they churn out and believe it well be a hit :cool:

    apple is probably making a phone anyhow. screw you motorola, nokia rocks you. :D
     
  13. the.snitch macrumors regular

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    Im going to rate this positive. I bet Apple ditched moto, not the other way around. I think SJ has other cellphone plans up his sleeve. You could tell from the moment it was introduced, that he _hated_ the ROKR.
     
  14. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Well, this might be good for Apple.

    Is moto dropping support of iTunes entirely? So the new ROKR won't be able to sync with iTunes?
     
  15. odedia macrumors 65816

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    This furthers my suspision of a new Apple-Branded cell phone. With iTunes ofcourse. Apple style. Apple interface.
     
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    When the hell did Angry Women become a genre? Sheesh, next the thing will be yodelling I tell ya.
     
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    I doubt they cared to put their name on the ROKR, given the circumstances. It may just be that there isn't enough room to work and perhaps, the RAZR is more capable but I think Apple wanted to ditch ROKR any way they could.

    As for other plans, I doubt it, unless they put effort into a Treo 650-type phone. After all, Palm is obviously open to new things since they allowed a Windows version of the phone.
     
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    if ben hated the rokr. why create a special event and all the woo hoo all around?

    moto could have created the event and invite sj. but again, that would hurt his ego really bad.
     
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    Love(d) Motorola, and the phones I have and had. It is sad that their CEO and management is so Petty about this iTunes relationship.

    Good riddance, I would much more prefer to listen to music on my Nano, 3G, or 5G ipod then my phone. When I listen to music I don't want anything emitting RF near me (well besides the small amount all electronic MP3 players emit) , nor do I want to be interrupted.

    ::EDIT::

    While looking for a picture on google of the Motorola guy dancing I found out that he was Ron Garriques who is the president of the mobile division
     
  20. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Mobile carriers weren't too happy with iTunes from the start. They are the ones who decide on the fixed song limits -- it's been 100 so far, but Moto leave this decision to each carrier.

    iRadio puts subscription fees into carriers' pockets. iTunes doesn't do that. That's all this is really about, Moto wanted a phone that more networks would be willing to sell.
     
  21. gekko513 macrumors 603

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    Please let this be because Apple decided that Nokia would be a better partner.
     
  22. aswitcher macrumors 603

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    Well thats one less phone to worry about when I go to finally decide what to replace mine with next week.
     
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    LMAO!!!!

    Apple Edited the Keynote video, and cut the section were Ron was dancing to that stupid song on his ROKR! :D

    I was going to make a JPG picture to post on here with the image of his face, and his strange dance, but I can't because Apple killed it ! :D
     
  24. k2director macrumors regular

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    I agree. Motorola would not have given up iTunes compatibilitiy unless Apple made it onerous or impossible for them. If Apple did so, there's a good chance it's because it has its own phone in the wings. Jobs made a passing reference to the ROKR being a learning experience, and in my mind, that suggested that Apple would make a phone at some point. Hope it comes during next week's Expo...
     
  25. sPAULj macrumors member

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    I can understand why. Motorola thinks the problem with the phone's popularity was that iTunes couldn't sell on a phone. Well, the problem was that Motorola doesn't give a **** about developing someone that people will buy. Hell, the RAZR is pretty and small too, but what the hell is up with the low feature spec on that phone? And dropping it one destroys the thing.

    Good riddance for bad rubbage.
     

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