Let Freedom Ring: Motorola Delivers MOTOMUSIC Mobile Devices That Offer Consumers Choice in Mobile Music

Posted by dcparris on Jan 8, 2007 3:13 PM EDT
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New MOTORIZR(TM) Z6 is the First Motorola MOTOMUSIC Mobile Device to Integrate the Full Suite of Microsoft Windows Media(TM) Technologies

[What a screwed up headline! Freedom? Windows Media? In the same sentence? - dcparris]

LAS VEGAS, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Today at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) announced it is delivering on an existing relationship with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) to integrate Microsoft Windows Media technologies, into Motorola's MOTOMUSIC mobile devices. Motorola and Microsoft have been working to build new music mobile devices that bring choice to consumers.

Built on Motorola's new Linux(TM)-Java(TM) software platform, the MOTOMUSIC devices give consumers an easy music sync experience with Windows Media Player on Windows XP and Vista-based PCs and access to content from a wide range of online music stores from around the world. Now consumers can not only take their personal CD collections with them, but also can transfer music acquired from hundreds of download or subscription stores and playback on their Motorola handsets(1).

The MOTORIZR Z6 will be the first Motorola handset to include Microsoft Windows Media technologies including Windows Media Digital Rights Management (DRM), Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Media Transfer Protocol (MTP). This eye-catching new slider offers simple connectivity to Windows-based PCs via the USB 2.0 high-speed protocol. By supporting MTP, Windows Media Player will automatically recognize the MOTORIZR Z6, letting users quickly and easily sync music from the PC to the phone from over 200 music stores worldwide.

"The MOTORIZR Z6 is the world's first Linux-Java music phone integrating the full suite of Windows Media technologies," says Scott Durchslag, corporate vice-president of Product and Xperience Invention, Motorola Mobile Devices. "This will enable consumers to access whatever music content they want, from the music store they love wherever they are as simply and seamlessly as possible."

"Motorola's use of the range of Windows Media technologies provides new choices for consumers and mobile operators alike in the rapidly growing area of mobile digital music," said Amir Majidimehr, corporate vice president of the Consumer Media Technology group at Microsoft. "Through its support of both subscription and purchased content, and easy syncing with Windows PCs, the MOTORIZR Z6 will enable millions of consumers around the world to enjoy high quality music experiences wherever they are."

In addition to making the new MOTOMUSIC handsets interoperable with PCs, Motorola and Microsoft plan to provide MOTOMUSIC handset offerings that are tailored for discovering and acquiring music over an operator's 3G network. This rich music offering will help provide operators with handsets optimized for efficient music downloads over a 3G network. Consumers will benefit from quick and easy access to high quality music on the go.

Pricing and Availability

The new MOTORIZR Z6 is expected to be available in the first half of 2007. Specific details will be provided upon consumer availability. Accredited members of the media community can learn more at http://www.motorola.com/motoinfo . Consumers seeking additional information can learn more at http://www.motorola.com/events .

About Motorola

Motorola is known around the world for innovation and leadership in wireless and broadband communications. Inspired by our vision of Seamless Mobility, the people of Motorola are committed to helping you get and stay connected simply and seamlessly to the people, information, and entertainment that you want and need. We do this by designing and delivering "must have" products, "must do" experiences and powerful networks -- along with a full complement of support services. A Fortune 100 company with global presence and impact, Motorola had sales of US $35.3 billion in 2005. For more information about our company, our people and our innovations, please visit http://www.motorola.com .

Certain mobile phone features may not be activated by your service provider, and/or their network settings may limit the feature's functionality. Contact your service provider for details. All features, functionality and other product specifications are subject to change without notice or obligation.

(1) The unauthorized copying of copyrighted materials is contrary to the provisions of the Copyright Laws of the United States and other countries. This device is intended solely for copying non-copyrighted materials, materials in which you own the copyright, or materials which you are authorized or legally permitted to copy. If you are uncertain about your right to copy any material, please contact your legal advisor.

MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent & Trademark Office. Linux is the registered trademark of Linus Torvalds in the U.S. and other countries. Java and all other Java-based marks are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the U.S. and other countries. Microsoft, Windows Media, and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and/or other countries. All other product or service names are the property of their respective owners.

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