MANY SUPPLIERS have been asked to provide silicon bits for the rumoured iPhone which leads me to believe that the thing will be available in the Christmas 2006 shopping season. Taiwanese chipset manufacturers are making things for Apple that slot into phones, not iPods. This could be an interesting development in Ireland, especially since some of the music-enabled phones that Nokia have made did not get approval from Vodafone for subsidy. Even without a subsidy, an iPhone would sell briskly--if it inherits the iPod UI. But it has to work as a proper voice phone and offer fast texting speeds.
I'm playing with different ways of carrying music around because I'm aboard trans-Atlantic flights during the next fortnight where my iPod battery will go flat. So I have music on memory sticks that play on the Sony ICD-MX20 and I have playlists on RS-MMC cards to play in the Nokia N70.
Dedicated MP3 players make sense to me but songs on easily swapped memory sticks do fine too. Being able to control my own music is what I like best. It's something I've done long before iPod was a word. It's a digital right that people deserve to exercise.
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