If they can come up with a phone that uses a stereo bluetooth headset and has good sound quality I would be tempted. I have a feeling it will be a year or two before they will be good/small/cheap enough for me to buy though."When you leave the house you take your phone, car keys and wallet," he says. "Would you have your MP3 player?" He says that the challenge for the mobile industry lies in persuading phone owners to get into the habit of using their handsets to play music.
agreed.Kokopelli said:If they can come up with a phone that uses a stereo bluetooth headset and has good sound quality I would be tempted. I have a feeling it will be a year or two before they will be good/small/cheap enough for me to buy though.
Kokopelli said:Echo: I aplogize, I was not clear. I was not referring to the iPod line when I said the phone would need good sound quality and a reasonable price. I simply meant that the sound quality had to be good (on par with contemporary MP3 players) and that the price had to be reasonable.
I am not an audiophile but I am somewhat discriminating. I would never dream of considering any portable player to be of audiophile grade. Further, except lossless codecs, sound degredation from compression puts that out of consideration anyway. The sound quality of a portable player does not need to match the sound quality of a high end stereo or studio equipment. Indeed current portable players do not even come close. I require good sound quality in my portable players, not audiophile level.
With the possible exception of the shuffle alternative players are less expensive. I am not dispuing that. The iPod has good integration with iTunes and ITMS, as well as a cult following thus demands a premium price. My argument is that the phone (iPod was never mentioned) needs to be a reasonable price. Since Motorola is having problems with convincing the carriers to subsidize the cost a Phone/Media Player could easily cost six to seven hundred dollars, much more than any MP3 player on the market. That is too expensive for me to consider without other mitigating factors.
P.S. Cursing (even using *) is against forum rules.
EDIT: I do not own an iPod by the way. I have a RIO Karma and my Zaurus PDA for portable music. Mostly I listen to music at home and work though.
First of all: It may be true that other players have a marginally better built-in headphone amp, but trust me - the differences the guys at head-fi argue over are nonexistent for most people, including a lot of audiophiles.ask any audiophile... head down to headfi.com and check it out