Wednesday, February 15, 2006

JupiterResearch: Motorola & Microsoft get together for Windows Media on phones

Michael Gartenberg comments at the Jupiter Analyst Weblogs about Motorola's announcement with Microsoft that it will build "a new line of music phones that will support both Windows Media, Plays For Sure DRM and MTP protocol." Gartenberg believes this is pretty big news for Microsoft and will also probably help Motoroal "when they're negotiating the next iTunes agreement." Gartenberg concludes:

From a practical perspective, it's good for MOTO to allow choice to consumers some who view the phone as something that complements the iPod they already have (with iTunes) and others who want the phone to serve as a standalone media player. Supporting Plays for Sure means that subscription services should work on these phones but the MTP support means these are meant for Windows only, OS X users need to looks elsewhere.