3GSM 2006: Motorola adds Windows Media

Mobile phones

It may have brought you the iTunes phone, but it seems Motorola isn’t above playing away with some of the Apple music download service’s rivals. At 3GSM in Barcelona it announced a deal to work with Microsoft to port a version of Windows Media Audio player on to its phones.

WMA players are standard on Windows Mobile devices such as the Orange SPV series and Nokia has handsets with Windows Media players on the pipeline. The new WMA friendly phones will apparently be able to download music both over the air via mobile phone networks and play back tracks in the format transferred from a PC.

Expect to see more joint deals in which a user gets at track on their phone and then goes to home to grab the same track as a file for their computer. It is not known whether we’ll see more iTunes handsets from the company.

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