Author: Nicolas Fogelholm
You sometimes see cell phone manufacturers talk about music
phones. What is it then? A music phone is a phone optimized for
playing music. The idea with music phones, smartphones and
camera phones is that one would have only one device instead of
many. A music phone combines a cell phone and a portable music
player. Every major cell phone manufacturer has them.
Sony Ericsson introduced the Walkman phones, Motorola launched
the ROKR iTunes and Nokia delivers music phones under the
XpressMusic phone brand.
More than 100 million music phones were sold in 2005 and that is
more than double the number of portable MP3 players and some 12
percent of cell phones sold in 2005 were music phones.
Music Phone Characteristics
Here is some typical characteristics of a music phone. When
comparing music phones look at these key features.
- Large memory (hard disk) - Support for poular audio formats
(MP3, AAC...) - Good sound quality - Support for the standard
headphones 3.5mm jack - Dedicated music keys - Good music
software (for PC and Phone) - Easy to upload music to phone (via
bluetooth or USB) - Easy access to OTA (over-the-air) downloads
- Extended battery time - FM radio
Music Phones 2005
Here is a couple of examples of music phones released in 2005.
This phone has dedicated music keys and can store up to 1 GB
(Gigabyte) of music and offers 10 hours of music play. You can
transfer music with the Nokia Audio Manager. The music player
supports standard audio file formats such as MP3, WMA, M4A and
AAC. It has a FM radio. Retail price of 350 EUR before subsidies
Sony Ericsson W900i
Sony Ericsson W900i is a 3G phone and you can download,
transfer, manage and play music from over-the-air (OTA) music
download services. Transferring audio files from a PC to the
phone is done with the Disc2Phone PC software supplied with the
The W900i's internal 470 MB memory provides space for between
120 and 240 songs. You can increase the storage capacity with a
bigger memory stick (available up to 2GB). This phone supports
music files like MP3, AAC, AAC+, MIDI, WAV and XMF. It has a
3.5mm headphone jack.
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