Cory Doctorow for Boing-Boing on the miserable flop that is Motorola’s new ROKR/iTunes phone:
Wired has a depressing long feature on how the Motorola ROKR iTunes phone ended up flopping so hard. It comes down to this: Apple didn’t want to cannibalize iPod sales, the carriers don’t want to cannibalize mobile music sales, and the labels want to control everything.
All of this reminds me of why Sony had such a hard time bringing the Walkman into the digital age and creating an equally popular MP3 player: Sony has one foot in the music industry, another foot in consumer electronics. Ooops — they found themselves trying to serve two markets that were suddenly in a conflict of interest. To protect their music industry interests they released their first players as ATRAC players rather than MP3. Which of course no one wanted.
The two-year contract on my original cell phone is heading towards expiration and I’ll soon be in the market for a replacement. Can tell you right now the ROKR ain’t going to be it.