The iPod Killer in your Pocket - Mobile as Media Center

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In light of BusinessWeek publishing the article threadlinked above i thought it might be a good opportunity to bring together a few pieces that have been sitting im my FireFox bookmarks.

The BW article talks about the inevitable evolution of the humble(ish) mobile to full Media Center capability and status:

That little cell phone is about to become a viable alternative to some of those other gadgets. This year, the U.S. will see a flood of phones with music, gaming, and video capabilities usually found only in stand-alone electronics devices. For the first time, camera phones' resolution and zoom will become as good as that of low-end digital cameras. And today's sprinkle of phones that double as MP3 players will turn into a flood. The world's largest cell-phone maker, Nokia (NOK ), will double the number of handsets with MP3 capabilities in 2005. Of the 40 phones the company will introduce this year, 50% will feature built-in MP3 players.

This isnt a prediction, it's just the way things are headed.

What about iPod?

The biggest casualty of this could be the iPod and it's little brother the iPod Shuffle, in Dec Engadget proclaimed, along with countless others proclaimed 2005 to be the year of the MP3 Phone. This from Scott Moritz at TheStreet:

By far the biggest feature coming to handsets in 2005 will be music. Yes, the long-awaited union of cell phones and digital music players, like Apple's (AAPL:Nasdaq - news - research) iPod, will soon be upon us. Like heat added to hotness, the fast-growing popularity of portable MP3 players figures to be a major component of the already-strong mobile phone market.

Apple are already working with Motororal & iTunes which has to be a smart move but i cant help thinking that within a couple of years, 3 at the outset - iPod will be no more - and it'll be your phone that kills it. Take this recent story from Cnet reporting on french firm Musiwave:

Musiwave, a French digital music company, is expected to announce on Tuesday that it has secured rights from all four major international music labels to sell full versions of their songs over mobile phone networks.

Over the next year, the company, which already sells a small proportion of the labels' music through Vodafone's network in seven European countries, will expand its catalogue to rival that offered by Apple Computer and other PC-based rivals.

More and more deals are being done to provide downloadable tunes to your mobile, though enGadget for one does not think this will prove the norm:

he kicker is that the carriers, which seem to think that musicphones will convince people to sign up for high-speed 3G data services so they can download music directly to their phones, are racing to build wireless online music stores, but we have this funny feeling that most people will want to do things the old-fashioned way and just transfer songs directly to their phone from a PC over a USB cable.

Time will tell i guess.