An analyst has told clients to expect Apple and Motorola to demonstrate a new mobile phone with a built in iTunes software client at Macworld Expo San Francisco.
American Technology Research analyst Shaw Wu believes the joint product is "on track to be ready for consumers in the first half of 2005." He also believes the project will be a "win-win" for both companies.
Apple first announced plans to work on a joint venture with Motorola in July 2004.
According to The Mac Observer, Wu wrote to clients saying: "We believe that Apple and Motorola are ready to demo a yet-to-be released new cell phone with iTunes software client. Apple and Motorola announced a deal back in July and we believe [Apple CEO] Steve Jobs may give an update on its progress during his keynote speech at the Macworld Expo on January 11, 2005."
Wu expects the phone will be able to transfer music files via USB and Bluetooth, will store 12 to 24 songs, but will not be able to access the iTunes music store. He wrote: "Like an iPod, we believe one still needs access to an iTunes on a PC client (Mac or Windows) to transfer files to the cell phone."
"For Apple, this deal expands its iTunes footprint beyond PCs (Mac and Windows) and iPods into the cell phone space with Motorola one of the top cell phone manufacturers in the world. We also believe this gives Apple further differentiation versus its competitors in the digital music space and gives more users the iTunes/Mac look and feel experience and could help accelerate AAPL's sales," he concluded.