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Motorola Unveils New Music Radio Service

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 3 Jan 2006 16:58:27 -0500

By BRUCE MEYERSON AP Business Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Motorola Inc., after nearly a year of vague
pronouncements, unveiled Tuesday an ambitious music radio service for
cell phones that also plays over car and home stereos.

Motorola iRadio, featuring 435 channels, would be sold by wireless
service providers to their subscribers for between $7 and $10 per
month _ a few dollars cheaper than the satellite radio networks that
would be among the phone-based service's immediate rivals.

No wireless carriers have signed on yet to carry iRadio, which may
also be adapted for non-Motorola phones if carriers request it,
company officials said.

In some ways, iRadio more closely resembles a vast "podcast" network
rather than a traditional radio broadcast.

Motorola expects about 90 percent of its content to be loaded on
phones from the Internet over a personal computer, rather than
broadcast over the air, in this case a cellular network. That would
mean less of a strain on the limited capacity wireless operators have
for mobile calls, e-mail and Internet services.


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