MP3 phone market hots up

Apple’s iPod will face increased competition following the launch of Nokia’s new N91 phone. Part of Nokia's N-series range – which also includes the N90 and N70 camera phones – this new handheld doubles as an MP3 music player and squeezes in 4GB of storage space for users’ tunes.

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By  Chris Fernando Published  May 8, 2005

Apple’s iPod will face increased competition following the launch of Nokia’s new N91 phone. Part of Nokia's N-series range – which also includes the N90 and N70 camera phones – this new handheld doubles as an MP3 music player and squeezes in 4GB of storage space for users’ tunes. The N91 is encased in stainless steel and has room for up to 3,000 songs, which can be accessed using the dedicated music keys on its face. These keys also slide down to reveal the phone’s standard numeric keypad. “The Nokia N91 delivers both a fantastic music experience and cutting-edge phone features,” said Jonas Geust, vice president, Music at Nokia. “What sets the Nokia N91 apart is the fact that it is always connected – you can download new music while on the move, add it to your favourite playlist and then share your playlist with friends. It’s truly the world’s best mobile connected jukebox.” Nokia claims the N91’s battery can serve up 12.5 hours of sound, which can be enjoyed and controlled via the included stereo headset with remote control. The N91 supports MP3, M4A, AAC and WMA digital music formats. A USB port lets users transfer music files from PCs or other devices directly into the N91’s memory, plus users can connect via WCDMA, WLAN and Bluetooth. The playlists created on the N91 can also be shared by multimedia message (MMS) or - using its GPRS functionality - by e-mail. What's more, the N91 also packs in a two megapixel camera and FM radio. Nokia isn't the only phone manufacturer contending for the MP3 crown currently held by Apple. Samsung showcased its SGH-i300 phone with 3GB of built-in memory at CeBIT in Germany earlier this year. Motorola is also soon to launch its so-called iTunes phone, while Sony Ericsson’s W800 ‘Walkman’ phone is due in the region in Q3 of this year.

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