Se muestran los artículos pertenecientes al tema 3.7 Telemóveis.
«Put FM radio in cellphones and everyone will benefit.
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«Mobile social networking stands a good chance of jumpstarting mobile Internet adoption because mobile social networking is based more on communication than content. Time and again, communication services have led the way for content and advertising to follow. In the case of the Internet, it was e-mail and discussion boards—not Web pages—that triggered the explosion from early adoption to mainstream consumer use. SMS services drove mobile data use and they still account for the majority of mobile data revenues by carriers. It is not surprising, therefore, that mobile carriers and mobile content providers have warmed to mobile social networking as a new opportunity to ramp mobile Internet use. In truth, they have little choice. Their attempts to convince the mass market to sign up for mobile Internet have proved moderately successful, at best. According to February 2008 research by Informa, the global market for all current forms of paid mobile entertainment should reach .7 billion by 2012. Back in 2006, the same forecast optimistically predicted billion by 2011. »
«Jumpstarting the Mobile Internet», eMarketeer, MAY 12, 2008
«Let's breakdown a fairly recent RCW Wireless news account:
«An even more promising delivery system is on the horizon: cell phones. "If you've got cell phones that also can be MP3 players, how hard is it to add a chip so that they could pick up FM and HD? Not hard at all," said John Crenshaw, operations manager of Clear Channel Columbus. The move toward listening to music on cell phones is well under way. A recent study from TNS Global Telecoms found that 43 percent of cell-phone users listen to some form of music on their phones. While much of that comes via MP3 players, use of FM players on cell phones could be ready to explode. About 30 percent of U.S. cell phones can receive FM radio, and the industry is hoping for more, Rehr said. According to surveys by America Online, more than half the respondents say they would listen to the radio on their cell phones if it became available»
«Verifica-se, portanto, que toda uma realidade de comunicações móveis emergiu em Portugal, comunica-se mais e das mais variadas formas. E é nesta realidade que as novas gerações se vão socializando e crescendo, uma realidade que se instalou nos seus quotidianos e nas suas práticas diárias. O telemóvel tornou-se num acessório quase obrigatório e é transportado para uma série de situações diárias, desde as aulas, aos tempos lúdicos e aos tempos passados com a família ou com os amigos» (Cardoso, 2007: 167)
Se os telemóveis podem ser uma oportunidade para chegar a mais ouvintes, também são eles próprios concorrentes, ao alojarem ujm conjunto de outros serviços que se podem considerar concorrência com a rádio tradicional, nomeadamente ao nivel musical: cartões com memoria, leitores de mp3 incorporados e serviços de streaming musical, como esta da Sprint: «Sprint Nextel and RealNetworks, the leading creator of digital media services and software, today announced the launch of Rhapsody Radio on the Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Service. Available nationwide, Rhapsody Radio provides Sprint customers high-quality streaming radio stations from Real's award-winning Rhapsody online music service, streaming podcasts, "Beats N Breaks" (a new freestyle rap service), and music news and videos. (...) "The addition of Rhapsody Radio gives customers a popular catalog of commercial-free streaming music, music news and independent music videos which will allow Sprint customers a new way to discover artists." (...) can be purchased a la carte through the phone (...) the cost is .95 per month for unlimited access» 19/09/2005
«Music applications are the fastest growing services on mobiles today, a report from TNS Global Technology has found. The TNS Global Telecoms Insight study, which interviewed 16,000 respondents across 29 countries, found in the last year that the use of MP3 players on mobile phones has risen by 78% and the use of radio via mobile by a massive 140%.
Growth has occurred in every region with particularly rapid adoption seen in Latin America and in emerging Asia, where 45% of users list FM/AM radio as one of their top-3 choices for purchasing a mobile phone – making it a more popular application than SMS (texting), internet access or even a camera.
Matthew Froggatt, Managing Director of TNS’s Global Technology sector says, “Radio-enabled mobiles take away the need to have a separate music device like an MP3 player and should lead phone manufacturers to win the battle for control of the earphones. »
MOBILE PHONES ARE MUSIC TO THE EARS FOR RADIO SAY TNS, TNS 26/02/08
«The mobile phone is an icon for this generation. In the Y world, a mobile phone is not merely a phone. It is, as described by demographer Bernard Salt, 'a personal accessory; a personal communications device, and a personal entertainment centre'. It's a device for work and play, flirtation and sex, friendship and family. For Yers, their phone symbolises freedom and flexibility. More than that, your mobile phone symbolises you. » (Huntley, 2006: 16)
«I have written several times before that cell phones are a natural platform for advertising supported music.
The key connections between cell phones and ad-supported music are:
fonte: The Marriage Between Mobile and Music 29/11/07
«EMI Music is moving closer to joining a bundled content offering by Nokia, slated for release during the second half. The Nokia concept, called Comes With Music, is being spearheaded by Universal Music Group as part of a larger content bundling initiative called Total Music. Nokia will package songs within its devices at retail, and share a percentage of the device price with labels.
The latest information started surfacing on Wednesday. "We want to be part of it," EMI Finland chief Wemppa Koivumaki told a news conference attended by Reuters. "I believe strongly that when it launches we will be there, with a full offering." Looking forward, a number of details remain unresolved or unannounced on the Nokia play, including specifics related to device pricing, specific devices involved, and content protection.»
«Os fãs de rádio nunca foram tão apaparicados pela Sony Ericsson! De uma vez, a empresa apresenta dois novos modelos, o R300i Radio e o R306i Radio, que combinam as frequências AM e FM num aparelho semelhante a? um rádio!
Os altifalantes de ambos os modelos estão adaptados à rádio e as teclas predefinidas mudam facilmente de frequência. O R300i Radio candybar tem câmara VGA; já o R396i Radio é um concha com dois altifalantes de alta definição e uma câmara de 1,3 MP. Ambos os modelos possuem Bluetooth.
A marca está persuadida de que o grupo de fãs de rádio está a aumentar e nada mais acertado do que satisfazer esse público com dois terminais móveis que podem oferecer uma melhor experiência de rádio. Ambos os modelos vão ser comercializados este ano: o R300i a partir do segundo trimestre por cerca de ? 110 e nas cores Antique Copper e Steel Black; o R306i a partir do terceiro trimestre, por cerca de ? 120 e nas cores Coffee Black e Shampagne White.»
«STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Mobile phone maker Sony Ericsson said it had signed deals with 10 music labels to add content to its PlayNow service, which lets users download music via their mobile phones. Sony Ericsson, owned by Ericsson and Sony Corp., said the deals added 5 million new tracks to its catalogue. The venture said in a statement late on Sunday it had signed deals with Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, EMI, The Orchard, IODA, The PocketGroup, Hungama, X5Music, Bonnier Amigo and VidZone. Sony Ericsson, which made the announcement at a trade show in Cannes, France, said it was negotiating further deals with regional labels.» The company introduced PlayNow in February 2004 as a way to listen to and then purchase ringtones for mobile phones. Since then, it as expanded the service, allowing full music tracks and games to be downloaded and other features. It said PlayNow was available in 32 countries.»
fonte: Reuters, Sony Ericsson cuts deals with 10 music labels Mon Jan 28, 2008
«Music applications have become the fastest growing services on mobile phones, acording to new market research. The TNS Global Telecoms Insight study said that the use of MP3 players on mobile phones rose by 78 per cent last year, but that radio via mobile went up by 140 per cent. Growth has occurred in all 29 countries surveyed, particularly in Latin America and emerging Asia regions, where 45 per cent of users list FM/AM radio as one of their top three choices for purchasing a mobile phone. "Radio-enabled mobiles take away the need to have a separate music device like an MP3 player and should lead phone manufacturers to win the battle for control of the earphones," said Matthew Froggatt, managing director of TNS's Global Technology sector. "The increased use of radio in the Asian markets is also extremely important. It is driving a whole new wave of customers to service providers and has huge implications for spreading media communications to a wider audience more quickly."Two thirds of people aged 16 to 21 now listen to some form of mobile music on the go, but it is also surprisingly popular with more senior generations. The study shows that 20 per cent of people aged 51 to 60 tune in to music on their handsets.» Fonte: Mobiles users tune-in to the radio Written by Ian Williams vnunet.com, 29 Feb 2008
«Nokia is inviting radio stations around the world, and here in the UK to submit station details to make your stream available for their new Nokia Internet Radio service. People with S60 3rd edition mobile phones (N95, E90 etc) will be able to stream registered stations via wifi and GPRS. Nokia Internet Radio users will pick a station from the directory instead of manually entering links to streaming servers or browsing the web. That, Nokia say, is the main reason to be listed in order to let the audience discover and enjoy your station.
fonte: «Nokia wants to add your station Radio Today reported on Tuesday 26 February 2008
«Radio Advertising Bureau president Jeff Haley unveiled a bold industry mission to put radio receivers "on every mobile phone, PDA and MP3 player within the next five years" during his keynote speech at the RAB 2008 conference here Tuesday.
Haley didn't elaborate on specifics for the ambitious plan to help move the industry forward by expanding radio's availability. However RAB chairman and Greater Media president/CEO Peter Smyth told Radio & Records, a sister title of MarketingyMedios.com, that broadcasters are having discussions with device makers who are attracted to the idea because it would increase the menu of entertainment choices available to their customers.
Making radio available on every mobile phone could bring the radio industry an additional billion in incremental revenue, Haley said in his second keynote appearance since replacing Gary Fries in the RAB top spot in September 2006. "We need to be everywhere there is a speaker and headphones," he said.» fonte: RAB's Haley Sees Radio's Future in Mobile Devices February 13, 2008By Paul Heine, Marketing y Medios
«Discover and listen to radio shows broadcasted over the internet with the Nokia Internet Radio service now available. The application can be downloaded for free from http://www.nokia.com/internetradio and will also be embedded in upcoming Nokia S60 3rd edition devices."Most new music discovery occurs while you're listening to the radio," said Tommi Mustonen, head of the Nokia music business. "By offering the Nokia Internet Radio service on mobile devices, the radio experience becomes more accessible, giving people new ways to find music."With hundreds of internet radio stations to choose from worldwide, the station directory of Nokia Internet Radio makes music discovery effortless - browsing can be done based on station name, genre, country or language. To find out what hits are hot around the world, hourly updates of the top ten most popular internet radio stations are also available in the station directory. Plus, there is no need to search for your top stations time and again because adding them to the list of 'Favorites' makes them easily accessible. Moreover, the audio quality is enhanced by selecting appropriate streaming servers that match the speed of the current network connection. The Nokia Internet Radio application is currently available for download to the following devices: Nokia N82, Nokia N91, Nokia N95 and Nokia N95 8GB. The application is planned to be available later on further devices and will be embedded in selected upcoming Nokia S60 3rd edition devices. Please visit http://www.nokia.com/internetradio for the list of the latest compatible devices.»
fonte: «Discover New Music With Nokia Internet Radio», CNN Money December 03, 2007
«Se antes a rádio era considerado o meio mais portátil e móvel, o surgimento de telemóveis - e a oferta que disponibilizam - coloca desafios adicionais à rádio. "Cinquenta por cento das pessoas tem uma rádio no seu telefone" e uma grande maioria "usam-na de forma bastante frequente", refere Nathalie Schwarz, sendo esta uma ferramenta importante junto de uma audiência jovem.
"Tudo parece estar a movimentar-se para os telefones móveis e nós queremos ser uma parte disso", afirma, por seu turno, Bartek Hojka. "Há duas coisas que as pessoas trazem sempre consigo: a carteira e o telemóvel. Aplicações de pagamento estão a ser criadas para colocar a minha carteira no meu telemóvel. Se minha carteira está lá, também quero que a minha estação esteja lá", sintetiza o responsável do Agora Radio Group»; fonte: NAB: Colocar a rádio onde está a carteira, Meios e Publicidade, 6 de Novembro de 2007, por Ana Marcela
«Enter Motorola's new "W series" phones.
And the W160, W180, W213 and W377 (pictured above) all feature integrated FM radios. Motorola said the phones, which would sell at an affordable price point, are meant for people who just want to talk and send text messages on easy-to-use phones or who are looking to upgrade their basic cell phones. For many future W series owners, this will be the first - and only - handheld FM radio they own. Sure, some people might have a handheld FM radio to listen to the game - but most people don't see the value at carrying around a radio with them. Radios aren't something you buy, they just happen to be there. But with an integrated radio in a common everyday phone, now it's just automatically in their pocket.» fonte: «Motorola unveils FM radio enabled cellphones», Orbicast, 12/10/07
«This move by Nokia is another wake-up call for broadcast radio. While there may be long-term value in introducing something totally new to the gadget world - that is, HD Radio - it is even more imperative that radio find its way into existing technologies. In the case of mobile phones, these are gadgets that are far more than just phones. They are lifelines, fashion statements, photo albums, texting devices, alarm clocks - and people don't leave home without them.
fonte: «The Swiss Army Phone», 9/01/07, Jacoblog
«That's up 11% from the first quarter according to NDP Group. The explosion of music-on-mobile phones has implications for radio, which is increasingly developing cell strategies for both programming and strategy. Also of note - NDP says 11% of new mobiles are smartphones, which is the kind Ipsos and The Media Audit intend to use for a ratings service.»
fonte: newsletter Inside Radio, «45% of new cell phones play music», 15/08/07; ou «Forty-five percent of new phones were able to play music in the second quarter of 2007 (up 11 percent, since the prior quarter)»
«Music-playing cellphones are a dime a dozen, right? Not the new Musiq by LG. This slim clamshell phone, available from Sprint for with a two-year contract and rebate, can download music wirelessly and transmit audio to any nearby FM radio, taking the party out of your earbuds and into your car or kitchen. The 3-ounce phone, available next month, comes with a 64-megabyte MicroSD memory card, enough to hold about 20 songs, and it can handle cards up to 2 gigabytes. It includes a 1.3-megapixel camera and can work as a music player for up to 10 hours, while talk time is about 4 hours. The phone has track controls on its front, and the external buttons vibrate when you touch them, so you don’t mistake fast-forward for pause. You can add music to the Musiq from your computer desktop or from Sprint’s Music Store, which lets you download music wirelessly. A bonus: with the FM radio transmitter, you can have fun sharing your favorite hits with the entire car just by hijacking the frequency of the current radio station»
fonte: JOHN BIGGS, «Transmit Your Music to FM Right From Your Cellphone», New York Times, July 12, 2007
«Can the mobile phone compete with the iPod as the user's device of choice? For example, can podcasting become a service enjoyed on mobile phones? Clearly, podcasting is very suitable for the mobile phone. First, it is an “on-the-go” experience. Second, audio content is not effected by the handset’s small screen. Third, mobile phones already support video and high-quality audio. Four, content can be delivery directly to the handset with superb user experience. (...) All of us carry our phones with us everywhere. We like our phones. Phones are getting smarter, with better user experience. The iPod is great, if you have one. Most do not. An iPod also means carrying around two devices. I do not. Given a compelling user experience and fair and clear pricing, many will gladly listen to great audio content during dead-time. »
fonte: «Mobile Phones vs. iPod - Can Mobile Operators/Carriers Win? - By Monte Silver », wpfblog, 08/07/07
«San Antonio - May 21, 2007 - Clear Channel Radio has begun the national roll-out of customized mobile phone applications to extend its local station brands. The effort begins in New York City for stations WHTZ-FM Z100, WAXQ-FM Q104.3, WKTU-FM 103.5, WWPR-FM Power 105.1 and WLTW-FM 106.7. Clear Channel expects to launch similar programs on as many as 100 more of its radio stations by the end of 2008, beginning with stations in Salt Lake City and St. Louis in the next 60 days. With the application, users will be able to send text messages into the studio, participate in contests, receive alerts before songs play, make requests and dedications, and view the last 10 songs played. The feature is available on most cellular phones via carriers that offer SMS text features. Phones with WAP capability can access an enhanced user interface. Listeners send the message "join" to a station's short code to subscribe to the service. »
fonte: «Clear Channel Launches Cell Phone Interactive Application» RWOnline, 21/05/07
«First, cell phones are becoming ubiquitous. Our poll shows ownership at 92%.
Secondly, texting [SMS] is major league. One of the fastest growing tech activities, and the leading feature on cell phones (second only to talking). (...) The percentage of young people texting on an hourly basis in our study is stunning. And it's going to do nothing but grow.
Third, there are huge opportunities to capitalize on text messaging relationships with listeners. The vast majority of those who text are open to this type of communication - whether it means receiving texts from stations about contests and concerts OR texting stations to vote, enter contests, etc. And of course, that leads to revenue-generating activities, too.
Fourth, while listening to mp3s and streams on phones is not as common an activity as texting or using the calculator, you can see the potential. And for radio, television, and every other content generator, making your product available so that listeners can stream it is important. Obviously, the convergence of the iPod and cell phone is what the Apple iPhone is all about. (...).Tech Poll III is loaded with great information, designed to help radio better understand the larger media environment. Competing with it and against it, and realizing opportunities and threats, can only be accomplished with knowledge and information. Check out the newest cell phone findings, as well as archived sections on satellite radio, iPods, and social networking sites.
fonte: JAcobs Media, Hold The Phone, 30/04/07
«Mobile Radio: Finally, if one can put radio content on an iPod, one can also download it onto other digital devices, including cell phones and PDA’s like BlackBerries and Palm Pilots. In September of 2006, Clear Channel announced its plan to stream radio content to cell phones with service provided by Cingular Wireless. The mobile radio program began streaming content out of New York’s station WHTZ-FM Z100, and includes live radio and news features, as well as on-demand podcasts. The service is called Z100 Mobile, and requires a subscription fee of .99 a month. Subscribers to the service can also request songs and locate the titles and artists of recently played songs via text messages on their cell phones. Clear Channel reported in its September press release that it expected to expand the service to 100 stations by the end of 2007» (the state of the news media 2007)
A revolução que se prepara para os telemóveis pasará também por tecnologias como RFID?
«Mais de 60% das empresas brasileiras planejam implementar solução de RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) em até dois anos. Esse é um dos resultados da segunda pesquisa “Panorama do Cenário do Supply Chain no Brasil”, realizada pela Associação Brasileira de e-Business. O levantamento ouviu 86 grandes empresas dos segmentos industrial, comercial e serviços.
Na prática, no entanto, o RFID continua sendo apenas uma tendência para o futuro. A maior parte delas segue digitando diretamente os códigos dos produtos recebidos ou utilizando código de barras, já que apenas 8,8% dos ouvidos utilizam a tecnologia, enquanto 7,5% têm projeto piloto. Contudo, significativos 20% deles não têm interesse na inovação e não pretendem implementar.
Por vertical, os setores de veículos, alimentício e eletrônico são os maiores entusiastas no processo de conferência e identificação do recebimento e expedição de mercadorias, seguido pela localização de produtos no estoque. Outro campo de aplicação bastante promissor é o de rastreamento de cargas. Outro ponto do estudo analisado, o VMI (Gestão de Estoques de Vendas, da sigla em inglês), que permite o monitoramento inteligente com a reposição de produtos feita automaticamente, também vai receber atenção especial das empresas. Ao todo, 57% dos entrevistados pretendem iniciar projeto na tecnologia, enquanto 24% já estão utilizando. Por vertical, o setor químico e petroquímico é o mais receptivo à inovação.»
fonte: «Mais de 60% das empresas brasileiras querem RFID em menos de 2 anos», Computerworld, 14/02/07
«Do you value your privacy, your freedom? Recently, I finished a book on Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags, about a world where everything you own - sneakers, driver's license, even your prescription medications - contains a tiny microchip that can transmit private information about you to marketers, criminals or government agents. These RFID chips may eventually replace bar codes, allowing strangers to study your purchasing habits, peek at your medical history and pinpoint your physical location by global corporations and government agencies. RFID has the potential to open the floodgates of civil liberties abuses. This is not science fiction, not Big Brotherism, but it could become a fact of life. Since I am retired, I subscribe to numerous news magazines, a major national newspaper and local newspapers, and have seen only one article about this threat. I have seen nothing on national newscasts (...)»
« (...)Smart-phones are no longer just for busy executives. With better styling, lower prices and easier interfaces, these high-end mobile phones are being snapped up by a much broader audience, from soccer moms to college students. Sales of smart-phones -- those with sophisticated e-mail-ready operating systems -- are expected to nearly double this year to 122 million worldwide, compared with 74 million in 2006, according to leading research firm Gartner. Nearly half a billion people will have one in 2010, the research firm says. (...) Mobile phone makers and wireless carriers are starting to work on that, and last month's announcement that Apple's iPhone would launch in June will only ``push the industry harder and faster to focus on the user experience,'' said Randy Eisenman, chief executive of Handango, a company that handles content for carriers and manufacturers. ``We're already having conversations with a number of our partners that will be Apple iPhone competitors who want to improve their consumer experience.''(...) ``Years ago, PDA-style devices were typically business devices with contacts,'' said Jason Dunn, executive editor of Smartphone Thoughts, a Web-based blog about mobile phones. ``Now, there's almost no one who uses their device strictly for business. There's a really strong personalization there.''»
fonte: «New smart phones: Good looks and brains too», By Sarah Jane Tribble, Mercury News, 12/02/07
«Like it or not, the phone will be the new portable radio, even as the definition of "portable radio" ebbs and flows. Just remember, right now consumers feel that radio isn't portable at all. So this might actually be a growth opportunity - but only if you have the streaming capacity and if you have the right partner deals in place.»
«According to the "Outlook for the Global Mobile Music Market, 2005-2010" report, just released by Gartner Dataquest, worldwide mobile phone users spent .7 billion to have music delivered to their handsets, and that figure will rise to .2 billion by 2010. 'Mobile music, which includes everything from ringtones, realtones and ringback tones to full-track downloads and streaming, is the second most popular mobile data service — although it is considerably behind short message service (SMS) in both usage and revenues'.»
fonte: Hear2.0, Phone = Radio, 25/01/07
«A TI (Texas Instruments) está desenvolvendo uma série de chips para celulares de baixo custo voltados a países em desenvolvimento, e prevê preços abaixo de US$ 20 para telefones mais básicos e US$ 35 para aparelhos com GPRS (General Packet Radio Service), câmera e tocador de música digital até o final deste ano. A empresa tem um papel vital na determinação de preços dos aparelhos já que é a maior fabricante do mundo da parte mais cara do celular, o chip. (...) Hoje, um aparelho GSM básico, com tela monocromática, custa US$ 25 para produzir, disse Goren. Os aparelhos são vendidos pelas operadoras nos mercados emergentes com
fonte: «Mercado terá celular de US$ 20», Jornal do Commercio, 11/01/07
«Segundo a agência EFE, a substituição do popular código de barras, que revolucionou a atividade comercial e se estendeu a inúmeras atividades, é só uma questão de tempo. O que o substituirá é um dispositivo baseado em um microchip que armazena dados e se comunica por meio de ondas de rádio com um aparelho leitor. A invenção atende pelo nome de Radio Frequency Identification (RFID), que em português significa "Identificação por Radiofreqüência". Dentro de pouco tempo, esta tecnologia será tão familiar quanto o próprio carrinho de supermercado. Além disso, estará presente em uma infinidade de produtos, de pizzas congeladas e refrigerantes a CDs e televisores. A RFID, que está cada vez mais difundida, se caracteriza por um microcircuito eletrônico que armazena informações sobre todos os tipos de objetos, e até de animais. Permite, além disso, a localização destes em poucos segundos, e a transmissão de seus dados a um dispositivo receptor situado a poucos metros ou a vários quilômetros de distância. Os sistemas RFID começaram sua caminhada durante a II Guerra Mundial, quando os aliados utilizaram aparelhos deste tipo para distinguir seus próprios aviões dos inimigos. Mas a invenção saltou do campo militar para o industrial na década de 90, quando o Massachussets Institute of Technology o aperfeiçoou e elaborou o código com o qual as informações são armazenadas em chips. A RFID já tem múltiplos usos: é usada tanto para localizar e identificar cabeças de gado ao ar livre como para encontrar livros nas bibliotecas. Mas sua aplicação em massa ocorrerá nas lojas e supermercados, onde os clientes só terão que passar suas compras sob um leitor, o qual, por meio de uma antena, enviará um sinal e ativará os chips dos produtos adquiridos para que enviem as informações armazenadas em seus circuitos. Com estes dados, o sistema calculará imediatamente o preço total da compra»
fonte: «Microchip substituirá os já tão familiares códigos de barras. Saiba mais!», emSergipe.com, 3/12/06
«"Individually, cellphones and music players have been among the most favored Christmas gifts for years. For many holiday shoppers, this may be the season that they merge."Wireless carriers are offering a huge array of gadgets that combine both functions, with a variety of shapes and sizes and growing music libraries. The new dual-function handsets are often low-priced, and sometimes free, with a two-year service contract. (...)
"Cellphones that double as music players are already posting strong sales around the world. Sony Ericsson... says that it has sold 15.5 million Walkman music phones in a 14-month period ended in September. Motorola Inc. said in its third quarter earnings call that it shipped 15 million high-quality music phones in the past year. Nokia Corp., the world's largest handset maker, says that it is aiming to sell 80 million music phones in 2006, making the company the world's largest manufacturer of digital music-players.
"The new devices target phone users who want to make impulsive music purchases when on the move and will offer some services that iPods don't provide, such as wireless downloading...»
fonte: «New options make this the season for mobile music phones», WSJ (subscrição), via RAIN, 1/12/06
Mais cedo ou mais tarde...
«YouTube is coming to mobile phones — or, to be more precise, a small slice of YouTube is coming to some Verizon Wireless phones.
While its explosively popular Web site is free, YouTube’s phone-based version will require a -a-month subscription to a Verizon Wireless service called VCast. And instead of choosing what to watch from a vast library of clips, VCast users will be limited to an unspecified number of videos selected and approved by the companies»
«O presidente-executivo do Google, Eric Schmidt, prevê um futuro em que os telemóveis sejam gratuitos para os consumidores que aceitem assistir a anúncios nos seus telefones móveis. «O telemóvel deve ser gratuito», disse Schmidt depois de um discurso que proferiu num encontro sobre a inovação comercial, organizado por grupos de estudantes italianos e a Escola de Administração de Empresas da Universidade Stanford. Eric Schmidt afirmou que o Google está já a fazer experiências com o envio de anúncios em texto, vídeo e imagens de marcas para telemóveis.»
fonte: «Google prevê telemóveis gratuitos pagos por anúncios», Diário Digital, 13-11-2006 9:05:04
O DN de hoje fala em telemóveis que se tornarão em carteiras inteligentes, na sequência de um acordo entre operadores em torno da tecnologia NFC. (tecnologia wireless, de curto alcance, que permitirá agregar etiquetas nos telemoveispara abrir o carro, fazer pagamentos, ou comprar bilhetes para um espectáculo).
A empresa líder no mercado de telemóveis nos EUA está apostada em oferecer múltiplos serviços de música aos seus clientes. Assim, além de ter garantido canais de música da XM, anunciou também que:
«With cellphones the next battleground for digital music, No. 1 wireless carrier Cingular will announce a new twist Thursday: phones that can work with online subscription services from Yahoo, Napster and eMusic. Cingular will introduce several new phones. Unlike music stores from Sprint and Verizon, which sell songs a la carte, Cingular will offer unlimited music transfers to subscribers of Napster and Yahoo "to-go" programs. The songs expire if the subscriptions aren't renewed. Songs sold at eMusic aren't copy-protected and don't expire. They will work with new and existing phones from Cingular. Pricing at most subscription services ranges from to a month. Sprint says it has sold 8 million songs since opening its music store in late 2005. Verizon says it sells 1 million songs monthly. Apple, which dominates digital music, has sold 1.5 billion songs since the iTunes Store opened in 2003.
Cellphone subscribers mostly have stayed away from mobile music because of the higher prices charged by the carriers, says Kevin Nolan, an analyst at researcher Strategy Analytics. Apple sells songs for 99 cents each, compared with .50 for Sprint and .99 for Verizon. Nolan says subscription music will catch on with mobile customers because it will be perceived as a better value. "It should really kick-start volume," he says.
Cingular was the first carrier to enter the mobile music market, aligning with Apple to offer Motorola's iTunes-compatible Rokr phone. Subscribers can't buy songs over the air but can transfer songs from iTunes to the phone itself. The Cingular alliances with the music services will also require PC transfers. The Rokr was poorly reviewed, and analysts expect Apple to eventually release an iPod phone. Cingular spokesman Mark Siegel declined to give further details about the phones or financial terms. He says the company still views Apple as an "important partner." "We are the first and only wireless company to offer iTunes," he says. Phil Leigh, an analyst at Inside Digital Media, says Apple has nothing to fear from Cingular's new music strategy. "The iPod is popular because people love the idea of being able to carry around your entire library. Phones have limited capacities," he says. Most cellphones work with MicroSD storage cards. The largest-capacity cards are 1 gigabyte, while the biggest iPod has an 80-GB hard drive.»
fonte: USA Today, «Cingular opens phone network to other music services», 1/11/06, Jefferson Graham
Mais uma forma de convergência; mais um exemplo de que os telemóveis podem ser o receptor do futuro:
«Starting Monday, Cingular Wireless customers can hear 25 XM Satellite Radio channels through their compatible phones.
fonte: Detroit Free Press, «Cingular, XM reveal plan for radio on cell phones», November 2, 2006, HEATHER NEWMAN
Sobre o negócio com a Alltel: «enabling Alltel users to listen to 20 commercial-free channels of satellite radio on their phone. This isn't just a "value-add" for Alltel customers, nor is it a sweetheart deal for XM. Rather, it's the nation's number five carrier trying to drive revenue through additional services in the face of ever-increasing downward pressure on call rates. Once we get that in-car WiFi we are all being promised, we may still need Verizon and Cingular for broadband access, but I won't be buying 900 minutes a month anymore, that's for sure. And I might not even need a "phone" as we currently know it. Now, I am not trumpeting the death of the cell phone here--that would be idiotic, and this isn't that kind of blog»
«The Treo 680 offers music, video, and photo capabilities, and even taps into Yahoo Music Unlimited for on-demand, streaming tunes. A camcorder, camera, and MP3 player are built-in, and the device offers a storage capacity of 64MB. That number that can easily be augmented with a 1GB portable memory card, and the Treo 680 also packs a Intel 312 MHz processor»
fonte: Digital Music News, «Palm Tosses New Treo Into Ring, More Music Capabilities», 16/10/06
O maior fabricante mundial de telemóveis gastou 47 milhões de euros para comprar a Loueye, uma empresa que gere 60 serviços de música em cerca de 20 países, com uma oferta de mais de 1,6 milhões de temas musicais. Com este negócio, a Nokia tenta combater a Apple, mais propriamente o serviço iTunes, associado ao popular leitor música digital iPod, no mercado de downloads de música
«O investimento dos anunciantes em publicidade divulgada nos telemóveis vai crescer em 2007 para mais do dobro dos valores deste ano, devendo atingir os l,2 mil milhões de euros, prevê a consultora Informa Telecoms & Media. De acordo com estudo “Serviços de Publicidade em Telemóveis: gerar receitas através de conteúdos subsidiados”, hoje divulgado pela empresa, os próximos 12 meses vão marcar o início de um forte investimento em publicidade nos telemóveis. Investimento que crescerá ainda mais à medida que aumenta a proliferação de telemóveis multimédia de alta qualidade e baixo preço e que as redes móveis atingem um ponto de saturação (…). Entre as vantagens da publicidade nos telemóveis encontra-se a proximidade de contacto com os consumidores, que possibilita dirigir as campanhas apenas para o público-alvo de determinado produto, explicou Nicky Walton.
Por outro lado, acrescentou, os telemóveis permitem medir o sucesso das campanhas, já que as respostas dos utilizadores, seja através de texto, de voz ou por carregarem em ‘links’ possibilitam obter um feedback razoavelmente rigoroso da eficácia dos anúncios. (…) “Os telemóveis representam um canal directo ao consumidor, ultrapassando a Internet, mas só se conseguirá alcançar níveis significativos de sucesso se passarem a ser integrados nas estratégias publicitárias que actualmente utilizam os media tradicionais”, concluiu.»
LUSA, «Publicidade: Investuimento nos telemóveis vai duplicar em 2007 para 1,2 mil ME», 8/9/06
(os investimentos publicitários que forem «desviados» para os telemóveis deixarão os inevitavelmente os canais tradicionais, e a rádio sofrerá a sua parte
«Sprint has announced that it will launch Sprint Radio service and the introduction of unique features and a promotion for the Sprint Music Store.
fonte: Radio Ink, Sprint Radio Launches With More Than 50 Channels, 1/9/06
«Well, the war is finally over: and the mobile phone has emerged as the winner on two key fronts. For most buyers it will be the device of choice for playing music and taking photographs. I have been trying out some of the latest mobile phones and there has been a big increase in the quality and quantity of the tracks they play, while mobile phone cameras - especially with the release of 3- and 5-megapixel models, such as the Nokia N80 and the LG KG920 - are now as good as the standard digital cameras of a couple of years ago.
There will always be lots of people wanting dedicated cameras or iPods, but the majority of people in future will opt to have all these functions on one device rather than two or three. They already are. It is no coincidence that in the first quarter, when Apple suffered a sharp drop in iPod sales (blaming it, implausibly, on seasonal factors), the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said that half of all digital music sold in 2005 went directly to mobile phones (including ringtones).
The decline of iPod sales continued in the second quarter, while sales of music-enabled mobile phones soared. Nokia alone, a late entrant to music, plans to ship 80m music phones this year (almost double last year's iPod sales). Sony Ericsson is enjoying success with its popular Walkman phone, as is Motorola with its Razr, while LG's Chocolate was Carphone Warehouse's biggest ever seller.
fonte: Guardian, Dump your iPod, the mobile's taking over, Victor Keegan, August 24, 2006
«Alltel Wireless announced Thursday that it had inked a deal with XM Satellite Radio to make some of the radio company's music channels available to its customers. Using software developed by mobile media content provider MobiTV, Alltel subscribers will be able to listen to streaming content from 20 of XM's more popular channels--among them are '80s music, indie rock, country and Latin pop.
The service will cost Alltel subscribers .99 per month; a subscription to XM's regular satellite radio service is not required. This is not Alltel's first move toward making its service more media-rich. Recently, the wireless provider entered an agreement with podcasting site Melodeo to make podcasts searchable and streamable via Alltel's Axcess media platform.»
mais sobre os telemóveis e os canais de rádio:
«Today, we can get our Radio via satellite, the Internet, through cable, even in our PDAs and cell phones. Oh yeah and even through those old "AM/FM Radio things".So, where is all this going? My gut tells me your cell phone is vehicle of natural portability - and the heir to the transistor radio which revolutionized Radio’s portability in the 1960’s. The convergence of wireless technology, content and size make the cell phone the perfect host for taking your favorite sounds to the beach, a doctor’s waiting room or the park near your home. Many higher-end cell phones have already incorporated the ability to receive FM signals. This ability will only continue to increase as new generations of lower-end phones become even less expensive to manufacture and providers strive to offer more options to new users.» (Corey Deitz)
«XM Canada will offer subscribers its service over cell phones. The satcaster has an agreement with telecom company Telus to offer subscribers satellite radio content over cell phones.
XM Canada President/COO Stephen Tapp said it's the first offer of streaming real-time satellite radio programming to Canadians.
Twenty XM Canada channels will be offered over some Telus cell phones for per month. Initially, the service will be available on the LG 8100 and Samsung A950 phones.
The deal is similar to one signed last year between Sirius and Sprint. »
fonte: «XM Canada Branches Out to Cell Phones», RWOline, 7/7/06
«Wireless over-the-air (OTA) music services offer mobile phone users a convenient way to buy music and provide the music industry with an exciting new distribution channel. While adoption remains low today, IDC forecasts that U.S. wireless music services will have over 50 million users and generate more than a billion dollars in revenue in 2010, just 5 years after appearing in late 2005.
"Wireless OTA music services offer music fans a convenient source of music and bring the music industry new opportunities to reach consumers and drive revenue. Wireless music services are still in their infancy in the U.S., but are expected to quickly gain traction during the forecast period. By the end of this year, the number of U.S. OTA customers will be approximately half that of online music service users, but may surpass them by the end of the forecast period," says Susan Kevorkian, program manager, Consumer Markets: Audio.
According to an IDC survey, a total of 22% of respondents indicated that they would buy at least one track from their service provider within the first three months of availability, assuming they had an appropriate handset. Eight percent of respondents age 25-44 indicated they would buy four or more tracks. It’s this 25-44 age group that IDC analysts believe could be the core base of wireless over-the-air service users, in particular those who may be new to digital music services. (...)»
fonte: «IDC Says Wireless Mobile Music Users Could Surpass Online Music Service Users by 2010», IDC, 15 Jun 2006
(só com um modelo)
«Nokia has recently crossed sales of one million units of its 3250, a music-focused mobile. The RAZR-like sales curve is impressive, and reaffirms analyst projections of strong music-focused mobile sales. The device first hit markets in March, sporting 1 gigabyte of total storage, a 2 megapixel digital camera, and little extras like an airplane listening mode. The phone comes pre-packaged with the S60 3rd Edition software and Symbian OS, and support for a variety of codecs, including MP3, WMA, M4A, AAC and eAAC+. "S60 3rd Edition introduces a new level of flexibility and security, enabling easy creation of devices and applications targeted to mass markets," commented Heikki Norta, a senior vice president at Nokia.»
fonte: «Nokia Crosses One Million Units on 3250 Music Phone», Digital Music News, 12/7/06
Quem tem este modelo vai ouvir música na rádio? a resposta parece-me óbvia...
«Judging from the amount of press radio trades give the topic of listening to radio on cell phones, the radio industry seems to ignore the potential of how popular this could become. Yet, if industry titans misjudge the oncoming train called cell phone radio, like they did that of satellite radio, they may find themselves being hit upside the head with another blunt reality: It's not a question of "if" listening to radio on a cell phone will become common, only "when."
fonte: «Radio Industry Quandary: Cell Phone Radio», Audiographics, 5/7/06
«In a move that will extend the reach of its broadcast programming, Radio Disney announced a partnership with mSpot on Tuesday. An aggregator of mobile music and video, mSpot will incorporate Disney Radio within its 100 channel lineup, and subsequently stream the programming to wireless users. Radio Disney president and general manager Jean-Paul Colaco touted the initiative as "another step" in his company’s strategy to keep "connected with kids and families, whenever and wherever they are." The mSpot lineup of music, sports and movie content is currently available to Sprint subscribers»
fonte: «Radio Disney Pushes Mobile-Based Distribution, Taps mSpot» Digital Music News
«Next time you miss the morning news, download it to your iPod and watch on the subway ride to work.
That's a likely possibility given one of the latest trends among local television news stations: distributing their programs via mobile devices and the Web as they try to hold onto fickle audiences. Local stations are following the example of broadcast and cable networks, which are rushing to make hits like ``The Sopranos" and ``Lost" available to viewers unwilling to be tethered to a schedule or their TV sets. Locally though, it's the news instead of mob dramas that is migrating to new devices.
Boston TV executives say their multimedia strategies are a response to viewers who are increasingly shifting their viewing to the Web and portable devices. Doing so, they say, is a relatively cheap way to expand the reach of their programming because it usually doesn't involve investing in new equipment or in many cases even the time it takes to produce new video.(...)
``Do I expect to make a ton of extra advertising money the day we launch it? No. But I do expect that this is absolutely going to be a vital part of any station's future," said Steve Safran, director of digital media at New England Cable News.(...)
CBS4 Mobile , a subscription service designed to give Sprint and Verizon Wireless customers access to news, traffic, and weather videos from the station and blogs written by some of its reporters, is days away from launch, said vice president and station manager Angie Kucharski. The service will cost about per month and will be billed directly to subscribers by their cellphone companies.(...)»
fonte: «Local TV news when you want it», Boston.com, Keith Reed, Globe Staff | May 31, 2006
«ZING also announced it is working with SIRIUS Satellite Radio (...) to stream live digital SIRIUS programming over mobile devices.
Bob Law, Senior Vice President and General Manager Consumer Electronic Division for SIRIUS commented: “The market for digital audio on-the-go is exploding. We are working with ZING to expand the availability of SIRIUS content on new platforms and bring the best in satellite radio programming to an increasingly mobile audience.”
Alguns assinantes da Sprint (EUA) podem receber, desde o início do ano, três canais de rádio (de desporto) via «streaming»:
«“WFAN, WSCR and WIP are among CBS Radio’s most listened to stations in the country and we recognize that in today’s fast paced world, our listeners need immediate access and alternate ways to hear live broadcasts and news about their favorite sports teams,” commented Joel Hollander, chairman and CEO, CBS Radio. “CBS Radio seeks to partner with companies that will enhance the listener experience and we’re thrilled our stations will be offered through mSpot Sports service.”» (http://www.radioink.com/headlineentry.asp?hid=133387&pt=inkheadlines).
«“It’s basically what you have in your car radio, with a 30-second delay,” said Daren Tsui, MSpot CEO» (http://www.mediaweek.com/mw/news/interactive/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1001807316)
Com os seus 4 GB, pode, diz a própria marca, levar «até 3.000 das suas músicas favoritas».
Como comentava comigo o Edgard, «iPod Nano vira coisa de criança». Por falar em iPod Nano: se a versão maior tem 4GB e suporta até mil músicas, como é que o N91 pode ter até 3 mil e a mesma capacidade? É um problema do formato de compressão do iPod (o AAC)?
«the personal computer remains the dominant platform to access the Internet globally. However, Internet access via the mobile phone actually outpaces wireless access from a notebook PC in many of areas of the world – a statistic driven largely by the massive install base of mobile phones throughout the world as well as more developed wireless networks, according to The Face of the Web, the annual study of Internet trends by global market research firm Ipsos Insight. »
fonte: «Mobile Phones Could Soon Rival the PC As World’s Dominant Internet Platform», Ipsos News Center, 18/4/06
Via Corey Deitz: «Interested in receiving music on your cell phone? I recently received this email from Rusty Hodge, the General Manager of SomaFM.com in San Francisco. SomaFM is listener-supported, commercial-free, underground/alternative radio broadcasting from San Francisco. Rusty wrote: I read your article about Mspot Puts 8 Channels of Commercial-Free Music on Sprint PCS Vision Phones and wanted to let you know that there are other sources for commercial free music on phones. SomaFM has been supporting Sprint's "3GPP" multimedia phones (Sanyo MM-7400, MM-5600 and Samsung MMA700 phones) since May, 2005. We offer 3 of our commercial free radio channels on our 3GPP service for no additional charge if you already have a Sprint internet access plan. We also offer radio stream formats that are compatible with newer smart phones that include the Windows Media Player, and the Treo phones with Pocket Player. (...) You'll be surprised at how good radio over your 3GPP phone can sound - even better than satellite radio!»
A previsão é de um responsável da Nokia: tal como aconteceu com as máquinas fotográficas analógicas, e vai acontecer com as digitais, os telemóveis vão matar os leitores de audio digital (ou será que, como se fala com o iPod, este também será um telemóvel?):
«O sucesso dos telemóveis, enquanto dispositivos multimédia, vai provocar o desaparecimento de muitos fabricantes de leitores de áudio e câmaras digitais. Quem o afirma é um responsável da Nokia, em declarações ao Financial Times.
«Apple is planning to remove the limit on the Motorola phone which can play songs from iTunes — a cap which restricts current users to store no more than 100 songs on the device.
At least that’s what the blogs are all abuzz with this morning after a few discovered a graphic in yesterday’s update to iTunes that presumably will rollout later which encourages users of the ROKR phone to download an update to get more music on their phones.
We already know that people — young people especially — are turning off their radios in increasing numbers and listening to their own playlists on iPods and other devices. That’s part of what is behind the expanded playlist format like JACK-FM — a late-to-the-party attempt at getting those listeners back.
So now, think about it.
If you could get a phone with 30 GB of storage (enough for your whole music collection) which would pause if your phone rang so you could take the call (hell, you already have the earpiece and mic plugged in) why would you need a radio (or iPod for that matter).
Radio’s future is in embracing alternate platforms. This is only one of them. There will be more.
UPDATE: Turns out the 100-song cap is staying in place. The upgrade graphics will be released to non-American customers whose phones were limited to as low as 25 songs. This will at least get their phones to the 100-song limit. But, as Engadget says: “Of course, the very existence of the upgrade system raises tantalizing possibilities for the rest of us, but for now, that’s all that’s being raised.”»
fonte: «“iPod Phone” becomes more of a radio threat», I Love Radio.org, Thursday, February 16th, 2006 at 8:41 am
« the world's first 8GB Hard Disk embedded smartphone (...) The i310 works as a perfect platform for users by combining a phone, a digital camera, and a MP3 player with its immense storage capacity. It enables users to carry around 2,000 songs (4MB/song) wherever they go»
É o que diz este estudo:«Most Americans don't want to rock with their phones or squint at the latest episode of "Desperate Housewives" on a tiny screen, a new survey said Thursday. The poll tosses a wrench into cell phone providers' efforts to make broadband applications like music and video downloads attractive to consumers. The survey, conducted on behalf of Royal Bank of Canada's RBC Capital Markets research group, interviewed 1,001 Americans and found that three-fourths said they weren't interested in watching TV programs or movies on their handheld. Nearly as many -- 69 percent -- said they didn't care to listen to music using their cell phone. The reason, said RBC, was that people are spooked by the quick changes in mobile technology.
"Consumers are generally deterred when it comes to adopting the latest integrated mobile devices due to concerns of obsolescence," said Mark Sue, an RBC Capital Markets analyst, in a statement. "As integrated mobile devices become more complex, a significant time lag can persist before the trajectory of growth accelerates."
(...) RBC's survey mirrors prognostications late last year from Forrester Research that while cell phone companies were bullish on new services such as music downloads, users were bearish.»
(fonte: Techweb, Cell Phone Users Tune Out Music And Video: Survey Says, By Gregg Keizer, TechWeb News, 2/3/06
(eis um daqueles estudos cujos resultados são óbvios, mas que são necessários para legitimar o empirismo...)
O uso do telemóvel no carro prejudica a audição da rádio, diz um estudo da Bridge & Ratings:
«Cell phone pervasiveness is a significant contributor to threat to traditional media by cell phone use in vehicles. Topline findings of our national study conducted between July 2005 and January 2006 projects that in the United States, 66% of the population owns a cell phone: U.S. population stands at 297 million, with 197 million cell phone users. In fact, today cell phone technology is the only audio technology that could approach traditional radio’s market penetration (currently at 93% or 276 million Americans who listen to terrestrial radio at least once a week).
From our analysis, it was clear that in vehicles in which the radio was being listened to, when cell phones were in use, radio behavior was affected:
"Sprint has now crossed its one millionth over-the-air (OTA), full-track download, dampening some skepticism among analysts and executives. The mobile music store, which only recently received heavy advertising support, sells tracks for .50 each. Those charges are on top of a monthly Power Vision multimedia service charge of - a month, and a compatible device purchase is also required. Regardless, consumers appear to be biting, at least in the early stages. "This is the first of many milestones, and we have seen this response across a number of global deployments," commented Adam Sexton of Groove Mobile, which is powering the OTA delivery backend for Sprint.
Sprint launched its OTA service in October, 2005 (...) Meanwhile, waiting in the wings is Verizon Wireless, which unveiled its own OTA music download service in January."
«(...) the wireless phone could become the music industry’s biggest and most profitable distribution channel.” (...)"Never underestimate the American people’s love of convenience, which is trend number three... Since we are on the fast track toward becoming a ’one person one cell phone’nation, this convenient little gadget is the next big gateway into our commercial lives.
"Sprint Nextel is now in the radio business, working with Sirius. Cingular is in. Virgin is in..., Motorola has iRadio with 435 channels from Clear Channel; Nokia is getting in, CBS Radio is working with Hewlett-Packard on a "visual radio” concept... This should keep everybody busy for a while... »("Mobile Phones Threat to FM underscores Tch Dominance», via NetFM; John Silliman Dodge’s article can be found in the paper copy of last month’s FMQB).
Da última Connect (nº 85, Fevereiro 06):
"Os estudos mais recentes indicam que, dentro de uns meros três anos, cerca de metade da população mundial terá acesso a um telemóvel e usá-lo-á de facto. Significa isto que, ao contrário do que foi previsto por muitos visionários - muitos dos quais bastante credíveis - poderá ser o telemóvel e não o computador, o instrumento de comunicação que mais depressa chegará a todos os lares à face da Terra" (Luis Mateus, director)
Em vários testes, ao longo desta edição, são analisados 16 modelos de telemóveis: 6 têm rádio...
«Every new gadget or trend that comes along potentially subtracts time spent listening from radio...» ("Mobile Phones Threat to FM underscores Tch Dominance»,http://www.kurthanson.com/archive/news/013006/index.asp), via NetFM
De um artigo da revista New Scientist, traduzido pelo Courrier Internacional ("Vem aí o telemóvel inteligente", Celeste Beaver, nº 44, pág. 42): "[o telemóvel] é o instrumento pessoal por excelência. Com excepção da roupa interior, não há nada que tenhamos sobre nós durante tanto tempo", diz Roger Entner, consultor de telecomunicações da Ovum. O artigo em causa fala da "pesquisa visual móvel", serviços de reconhecimento por telefone, através de imagens que são descodificadas para texto. Fala-se num serviço lançado pela Nokia em França (e já existente há vários anos no Japão), "capaz de reconhecer pequenos ideogramas, chamados «tags» que no fundo são códigos de barras a duas dimensões (...). Quando o «tag» é analisado por um «software» integrado num telemóvel, torna-se possível não aceder a informações práticas, cupões de desconto e todo o tipo de dados" - www.mobiletag.com
(qual é a relevância disto? quanto mais fundamentais os telemóveis se tornarem, mais importante é a rádio conseguir convergir com eles; no fundo, os serviços que não estiverem inseridos de origem num telemóvel correm o risco de não existir)
"A new study from Bridge Ratings says that the pervasiveness of cell phones would be a significant contributor to the success of cell phone radio.
Fonte: "Bridge Study Finds Significant Interest In Terrestrial Radio Delivered On Cell Phones",
(no âmbito do meu trabalho académico sobre o futuro da rádio e o chamado segundo choque - de que este blogue é o rosto e arquivo - propus-me apurar o grau de convergência entre telemóveis e recepção FM; os telemóveis são - sobretudo para as gerações mais novas - um instrumento decisivo; se a rádio não convergir como extra nesses receptores corre sérios riscos de se tornar obsoleta; daí a preocupação em realizar este trabalho, que, pelo menos, será repetido em Outubro deste ano, com o objectivo de perceber a tendência)
Analisados 248 modelos GSM das 11 principais marcas de telemóveis (não há, que eu conheça, um ranking oficial, mas as onze marcas são as mais expressivas): além da existência de recepção FM, foi analisada a presença de outros extras como o "Audio player" (em qualquer formato de leitura); o "mp3"; "video player" (excepto MPEG 4), "MPEG 4" e "slots" (cartões exteriores de memória).
Resultados globais: só 14% dos modelos analisados convergem com a rádio (a rádio é, dos cinco extras analisados, o menos convergente), sendo que uma parte significativa é da Nokia (46% dos seus modelos têm rádio!). Outras marcas de telemóveis que incorporam FM: Sony Ericsson (29%), Siemens-Benq (3%; um modelo apenas),
Os resultados em detalhe, a metodologia, os propósitos e as conclusões aqui.
Em relação a este texto, e agradecendo um comentário/informação que lá ficou, fiquei a saber que há uma empresa a oferecer um software, chamado GO2LX, que " fazendo uso da tecnologia GPRS/Internet, possibilita ao utilizador visualizar o estado do trânsito através das várias cameras instaladas na área da grande Lisboa".
Da sua página tirei isto:
Descrição: Após surgir a apresentação e pressionando “Iniciar” surgem as várias opções de entrada em Lisboa com as respectivas cameras instaladas ao longo desses trajectos; Depois de efectuada a escolha é feito o download da imagem surgindo a mesma ajustada ao tamanho do ecrã do telemóvel
Vantagens: Acesso rápido e intuitivo às várias imagens de trânsito captadas nas diversas cameras, Imagem ajustada ao tamanho do ecrã possibilitando uma clara visualização do local.Requisitos: Tecnologia Java MIDP 2.0; Configuração de acesso à Internet via GPRS
Custos: Tarifário GPRS cobrado pelo plano/operadora utilizada
"Vodafone Group PLC and Sony have joined forces to deliver a streaming, customizable radio service. The offering, which is slated for European release in a few months, will be playable on PCs and mobile devices. Users will be able to download specific tracks, and can custom-tailor streams by rating songs over time"
A Verizon acaba de lançar o seu serviço em concorrência ao serviço da Sprint:
"Strigl [Verizon Wireless president and CEO Denny Strigl] pointed to a “comprehensive music service” that allows track side-loading, over-the-air downloading, and complements existing ringtone, ringback, and streaming video and audio content. Each download will be available for .99 each, which compares favorably to a .50 price point recently offered by Sprint. And like the recent Sprint music offering, each track will be a “dual download,” accessible from both the phone and the PC in the form of a protected WMA. Tracks can also be purchased from the PC directly for 99-cents, and ported to the device using a USB cable. All major labels are on board with the release, and The Orchard will supply independent content to the deck."
O serviço é oferecido em conjunto com a Microsoft, que elaborou a plataforma informática.
O outro concorrente, a Cingular, tem um serviço em conjunto com a Motorola e o iTunes.
Excerto do texto: ""Hey, it's Radio on my Cell Phone" (Radio Marketing Nexus, 3/1/06)
"(...) few observations as radio takes the inevitable (and advisable) plunge into cellmobile phones:
1. Radio's real target for cell phone radio is Satellite radio. Here's why: They're both available by subscription. Thus they will target the folks who value portability - at a price. Because if they value portability for free they'll use that most archaic of all gadgets, the portable radio.
2. Isn't it interesting to note that while mobile music has long been popular, mobile radio (as in, the kind on your hip) has been in the shadow of Walkman cassette players (used primarily for cassettes, not radio), Walkman CD players (used primarily for CD's, not radio), and now iPods. That is, portability and control tend to go hand in hand. Radio is about comparatively passive entertainment, not control. Can radio plant a flag on this barren world?
2. This path will be a very slow-grow one. That's because it will happen one phone manufacturer and/or one Verizon at a time. Each deal will be different. Each deal will be complicated. Each deal will involve sharing revenue with lots of other companies, all of whom have their hands in the consumer's pocket.
3. Radio has no inherent competitive advantage in this area. That's because virtually anybody can string together a series of music channels - assuming these channels are primarily music (which, in the long run, is doubtful). Hence "Music Choice" listed in the same release as Clear Channel.
4. Invariably we will discover that some people value content for a price - just as some cable subscribers buy HBO but more than two-thirds don't. Some poeple will value control for a price - just as some cable subscribers buy TiVo, but (by the end of this decade) more than two-thirds don't. The rest will be left to enjoy that which is advertiser-supported, no matter what gadet that content appears on. Can radio do deals with mobile phones that provide that content gratis with advertiser support?
5. If you're going to charge a premium price then you had better offer premium content if you expect people to buy that content. The very same drive to premium content is what makes major league sports and Howard Stern so valuable on Satellite. Who is striking those deals in the mobile phone space? Radio?
6. "Premium" doesn't just apply to the caliber of the content, but also to its kind. For a ring tone, for example, experiencing that content means sharing it with others. The content itself become the consumer's distinctive calling card. By sharing a tone you are sharing yourself. THAT is a premium feature, and its one that mobile radio will not soon possess. Mobile phones are about connection. Will mobile phone radio be the same?
So marvel as Clear Channel pursues the mobile phone space, and CBS Radio too. Watch as XM and Sirius strike similar deals. These are essential steps in the right direction, but they are the beginning of the story, not its end."
Em aperitivo para um trabalho com algum fôlego que apresentarei dentro de dias neste espaço (comparando mais de 200 modelos de telemóveis...), aqui ficam as conclusões de um estudo da revista Connect, Novembro de 2005, comparando 7 telemóveis com música digital (o título do artigo é "mp3 móvel").
Aqui ficam os resultados relativamente à convergência com a rádio:
Nokia N91: SIM
Samsung I300: NÃO
Sony Ericsson W800i: SIM
Motorola Rokr E1; NÃO
Nokia 6630: NÃO
Sony Ericsson W550i: SIM
Sagem MYX6-2: NÃO
Ou seja, em sete três incorporam rádio (o que me parece pouco, porque estamos a falar de aparelhos virados para um público muito definido, aparelhos cuja maior valia é a audição de música digital).
Resta acrescentar que os sete modelos têm, além de leitor de mp3, software Java , sincronização com Outlook, e câmara de fotografia e vídeo.
Agora é o gigante norte-americano Verizon:
"Verizon Wireless will deliver a mobile music store in early January, according to various leads. The company has already sent invitations to key press outlets, including Digital Music News, to attend a CES-based unveiling in Las Vegas. The event will usher in "the next generation of V Cast," which already offers streaming video clips from outlets like CNN, Comedy Central, VH1, and The Weather Channel. A representative of Verizon was light on details, though a top-level major label executive recently confirmed to Digital Music News that the carrier is preparing a full-fledged mobile music store. According to the source, that service will be backed by all four major labels."
A empresa Jacobs Media conduziu para a Arbitron um estudo com jovens dos 18 aos 34 anos, com base em seis "focus group". (em cidades como Baltimore, Detroit, D.C. ou L.A)
- Cell phones appear to be the real wild card in the next generation of competition for terrestrial radio listenership. In short, Jacobs described the cell phone as “the monster that just keeps getting bigger” and a device that women have no problems incorporating into their own entertainment usage;
Um operador de telemóveis norte-americano, a Cingular Wireless, vai oferecer aos seus clientes um conjunto de canais de música a que chama de rádio.
Tenho dúvidas que alinhamentos musicais, em contínuo, sejam ainda rádio, mas de qualquer forma, registo mais uma tentativa da industria de telemoveis em assegurar conteúdos para oferecer aos seus clientes - os telemóveis serão os centros de entretenimento do futuro: acordo com o despertado no telemovel, ouço a rádio enquanto me levanto nesse despertador/telemovel, na viagem para o trabalho ouço a rádio ou musica e também telefono!
A notícia: "MobiRadio will offer a hefty 40 channels, including urban, rock, country, electronica, reggae, jazz, and classical. The premium service is available for a monthly charge of .99, plus kilobyte usage. Currently, the service only works on the Nokia 6620, but will soon expand to other handsets. Mobile streaming technology can now reliably deliver audio and video content, and other US carriers like Verizon and Sprint Nextel have been aggressively pushing the concept."
Há quem defenda que sim ("next-generation mobile phones are going to become the most important future delivery platforms for audio material, even eventually supplanting terrestrial radio as the medium of choice for listeners", diz Harry Helms, do Future of Radio), mas também quem ache que não.
Um deles é Jeff Duntemann, que - no seu diário on line (24/10/05) culpa as empresas de telemóveis, no caso norte-americanas - pela incapacidade em desenvolver o mercado: "I have a very capable phone, but the carrier will do almost anything to keep me from connecting it to my computer and playing around with its advanced features. Furthermore, the audio quality is still hideous, and this is what, 2005? I’ve given up on flying cars, but sheesh, I’d have expected CD-quality cellphone communication by now."
"New Research Ranks Top Mobile Music Devices
Europeans are still miles (or kilometers) ahead of Americans in terms of mobile music adoption, but which devices are leading in each region? According to a recently released report by mobile data firm Telephia, the Motorola V710 is the most sought-after device among US music fans, followed by the Motorola MPX200, Handspring Treo 650, Sony Ericsson Z500, and the Sony Ericsson S700. In Europe, a much different mix has emerged, as music fans pointed to the Nokia 6230 as a favorite, followed by the Samsung SGH-D500, Sony Ericsson K700, Nokia 6630, and Sony Ericsson K750.
Meanwhile, the gulf between US and European mobile music users seems wider than ever. According to the report, Europeans are four times as likely to listen to music on their MP3-enabled phones than their American counterparts. While that difference may seem predictable at this point, Telephia also found that the rate of adoption on new music phones was glaringly higher in Europe. "Almost two years ago, in Q1 2004, both Europe and the US showed a one percent penetration rate of music phones among mobile phone subscribers," the report asserts. "The latest Telephia figures from Q3 2005 show that 14 percent of European mobile phone subscribers now own a music phone, but the penetration rate for US has increased only slightly to two percent." Telephia blames several factors for the difference, including a lower number of available music-focused phones in the US, and the absence of a well-established, high-speed delivery infrastructure. "With the availability of 3G services in Europe, adoption and utilization of applications like mobile music will further accelerate," explained Kanishka Agarwal, vice president of New Products at Telephia. "It is likely that advanced infrastructures will serve as a catalyst for increased traction in the US market.""
(via Digital Music news)
"Sprint cell phones can now double as digital music players for select podcasts or radio programs, thanks to a deal expected Monday between RealNetworks and the mobile company.
The two companies plan to introduce Rhapsody Radio, an offshoot of RealNetworks' online music subscription service for Sprint phones. For .95 a month, people nationwide with a Sprint phone (specifically, with Sprint PCS Vision Multimedia Service) can sign up and listen to several different radio stations or Internet podcasts, as well as gain access to videos, music news or freestyle rap service "Beats N Breaks."
"Virgin Mobile Delivers First Music-Focused Phone
Virgin Mobile has recently delivered its first music phone, a collaborative effort with Kyocera Wireless. The new Slider Sonic comes with a 32MB microSD card, stereo headphones and a USB cable to port PC collections. The device also functions as a camcorder and camera, and supports an optional game controller. Those extra features will play well with a very young, targeted audience, which Virgin Mobile also attracts with its pre-paid options. Power music listeners can upgrade to a 512MB microSD card, while also playing music through a stereo system using a 3.5mm cord. "There are two things [Virgin Mobile users] don't leave home without: their mobile phone and their portable music players," said Howard Handler, chief marketing officer of Virgin Mobile USA. "With the Slider Sonic we've merged music and technology and packaged it in a sophisticated communications device." The phone retails for 9.99.
(Digital Music News)
E rádio FM? Não!
um excerto da Reuters ("Music biz explores wireless frontier ")
"And so it begins. Wireless operators and record companies are starting to let mobile subscribers buy and download full songs over wireless networks directly to mobile phones capable of storing and playing music.
As a big first step, Apple Computer and Motorola have partnered to create an iTunes-compatible mobile phone, dubbed the ROKR, capable of storing 100 songs and currently offered by Cingular.
Will the result revolutionize both industries or just be another wireless hype machine met with tepid response and consumer apathy?
"We're heading into areas where there is no market research," says Andrew Seybold, a veteran wireless industry consultant. "The only way we're going to find out what consumers will buy is to try various things and see what sticks."
The opportunity is clear. There are 180 million mobile phones in the United States, most of which can be used to access the Internet and buy products with charges added to the user's monthly phone bill.
The result is an on-demand, impulse-buy capability accessible to all age ranges that the still-struggling music industry sees as a lifeline out of the doldrums. Wireless carriers, meanwhile, hope access to music will be the application that compels subscribers to migrate to the new high-speed networks they have spent billions on developing."
The biggest U.S. mobile service companies are considering selling phones that can play songs and some have plans to deliver music to phones over the wireless airwaves, in a bid to boost revenue as phone call prices drop.
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Cell phones may become the new way for the iPod masses to download and listen to music in the coming years, but wireless companies may not see much of a boost to their profits from selling such services.
The biggest U.S. mobile service companies are considering selling phones that can play songs and some have plans to deliver music to phones over the wireless airwaves, in a bid to boost revenue as phone call prices drop.
Analysts expect Cingular Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile service, to reveal plans on Wednesday to sell a new Motorola Inc. (MOT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) phone that comes with iTunes, the music store software from Apple Computer Inc.(AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) , whose iPod player dominates the portable digital music market.
At least initially, Cingular is expected to let users transfer songs to the phone from computers rather than through wireless download services.
POOR PROFIT MARGINS FOR SONGS
Despite all the excitement about wireless song purchases, such mobile music is likely to deliver much poorer profit margins than wireless carriers are used to from phone calls or other services such as ringtones, one analyst said.
"There's very little room for profits from the full over-the-air download market," said Yankee Group analyst Linda Barrabee who believes music industry players could benefit most
from these new types of services.
The No. 2 and No. 3 U.S. mobile services Verizon Wireless (VZ.N: Quote, Profile, Research) (VOD.L: Quote, Profile, Research) , and Sprint Nextel Corp. (S.N: Quote, Profile, Research) have already said they are planning mobile music download services.
Pricing these services could require a tough balancing act between profitability and creating widespread demand since iTunes, Apple's high profile digital music service, charges only 99 cents a song, analysts said.
Sprint has said it believes wireless customers, which already pay as much as for ringtones, will pay more for song downloads on-the-go than for downloads to their computer.
Um relatório sobre a música portátil no japão alertou-me para uma realidade em que não acredito, por pensar que é passageira, mas que existe e não pode ser ignorada. "Mobile Music". O que é isso? Basicamente, os toques e músicas nos telemóveis (e não tanto o mercado dos downloads ou da música digital, via internet.
Uma citação deste relatório:
"Polyphonic ringtones were pioneered in Japan on i-Mode, and today mobile music in Japan represents a totally new Billion Dollar per year."
Motorola e Apple juntam telemóvel e música num só
«Chama-se Rokr, foi desenvolvido pela Motorola e pela Apple e junta as funções de telemóvel e de leitor de áudio portátil. Com capacidade para guardar até cem faixas de música, foi apresentado esta semana como o primeiro telemóvel com ligação ao iTunes, o mais famoso serviço de compra de música on-line. Já disponível nos EUA, onde custa 250 dólares, o Rokr chegará brevemente a vários países da Europa e da Ásia.
Poder telefonar e ouvir música a partir de um só dispositivo portátil foi o objectivo que levou a Motorola e a Apple a juntarem-se para desenvolver o Rokr (ou rocker, como se deve pronunciar). As duas empresas apresentaram-no em conjunto com a Cingular Wireless, uma operadora de telecomunicações norte-americana que, para já, será a única a possibilitar, nos EUA, as comunicações móveis a partir do Rokr.
As suas características são idênticas às de muitos outros telemóveis: possui uma autonomia que permite conversar durante cerca de nove horas, ecrã a cores, câmara integrada e pesa 107 gramas. A novidade está no facto de ter sido criado a pensar num fácil acesso ao serviço de música iTunes e numa simples passagem das funcionalidades de telemóvel para as de leitor de áudio. O Rokr integra auscultadores e microfone e os ficheiros de música podem ser transferidos do computador para este equipamento através de ligação USB (Universal Serial Bus).»
excerto de um texto da ultima pagina do Publico de ontem, assinado por Isabel Gorjão Santos
No âmbito das coisas que vou desenvolvendo aqui, enviei um mail ao director da Connect (talvez a melhor revista portuguesa nesta área das telecomunicações e novas tecnologias, mas com um serviço na net muito fraquinho, como se pode ver...): fazem análises aos modelos de telemóveis, mas não referem se estes incorporam, como equipamento extra, receptores de FM.
Para além da promessa de corrigir o "erro" proximamente, Luís Mateus enviou-me uma resposta que publico aqui na sua parte essencial:
"(...) integração de sintonizadores de rádio FM em alguns dos telemóveis mais recentes surge quase como uma inevitabilidade; uma “exigência” por parte do público da rádio que comunga das novas tecnologias. Não só os chamados "telemóveis multimédia" possuem rádio FM, como também possibilitam escutar as emissões em estereofonia, ou simplesmente por meio de um altifalante interno. Além disso, integram cartões de memória adicionais, nos quais podemos gravar ficheiros de música digital (ex: MP3, AAC, etc.), que são reconhecidos e lidos pelo software do telemóvel.
Paralelamente, assistimos actualmente ao lançamento (especialmente nos países nórdicos) de serviços complementares das emissões de rádio. O caso mais interessante será, talvez, o Visual Radio (desenvolvido pela Nokia), que permite acrescentar informações visuais ao conteúdo das emissões radiofónicas. Essas informações (textuais, gráficas, etc.) são descarregadas para o telemóvel a partir da Internet, encontrando-se em perfeita sincronia com o conteúdo das emissões de rádio, facultando explorar a interactividade com os ouvintes/utilizadores."
O adversário da rádio, neste segundo choque, não é a imagem, não são os videoclips, não é a televisão.Haverá sempre situações em que é preciso acumular tarefas e só um meio de sentido único o poderá fazer.
O grande adversário da rádio são os novos sistemas que permitem ouvir, acumulando com mobilidade, como acontecia, antes, quase em exclusivo, com a rádio. O telemóvel é o inimigo.
Um exemplo: o rádio despertador
Não sei de estatísticas, mas imagino que mais de 90 por cento dos portugueses que acordam com despertador têm um rádio sintonizado para eufemizar a dor (os outros 10 por cento acordaram com besouros/campaínhas ou têm música gravada associada).
A rádio era, assim, a primeira companhia ao acordar, por mérito próprio mas também por falta de alternativa (e ainda é).
Só que os telemóveis ameaçam mudar tudo. Também têm os seus despertadores. Com besouros mas também com música associada (toques). Mas sem rádio: mesmo os terminais que têm rádio instalado não permitem activar, ao despertar, esta função, até pelo problema da monição/amplificação.
Em resumo: da próxima vez que o despertador de casa avariar, vale a pena comprar outro? Não será melhor usar o telemóvel?
(A resposta pode passar por aqui: se a rádio tiver bons conteúdos, que interessem e prendam a atenção dos ouvintes, pode fazer a diferença face a um telemóvel)
(remeto eventuais interessados para este texto e este.
NEW YORK - Sony Electronics, a unit of Sony Corp. said on Thursday that it has talked with XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. and Sirius Satellite Radio Inc. about music devices, though no satellite radio deals are in place.
“We have been in talks with them for more than a year,” Stan Glasgow, president of Sony Electronics’ U.S. consumer sales, said at a press briefing. “Anything is possible.”
The company also said it hopes to beef up its Connect online music service by adding features such as video, as it fights to compete with Apple Computer’s dominate iPod player and iTunes music service.
Cingular considering iTunes phone
Published on ZDNet News: June 26, 2005, 11:05 AM PT
Cingular Wireless, the No. 1 U.S. mobile service, is considering selling a Motorola cell phone that can play music using Apple Computer's iTunes music service, sources familiar with the matter said Friday.
"Motorola and Apple have been talking to Cingular about it using the iTunes phone," according to one of the sources, who asked not to be named.
RBC Capital analyst Mark Sue said in a recent research note that Apple and Cingular were working out final details on revenue sharing.
Cingular spokeswoman Jennifer Bowcock and Apple representative Natalie Kerris declined comment.
Apple and Motorola said last summer they were working on bringing the popular iTunes service to mobile phones but Motorola has delayed unveiling its iTunes device so far amid analyst speculation about a lack of interest from operators.
Music and wireless companies are betting that mobile phones equipped with digital music players will be a key source of growth in the next few years. Music providers see phones as a new distribution channel and phone makers believe that music player features will boost cell phone sales.
But network operators have questioned whether such devices, which could require steep subsidies, will boost their revenue as consumers could transfer songs to their phone via their computer rather than the network, according to analysts.
Cingular, the wireless venture of SBC Communications and BellSouth, however, could be one of the first wireless carriers to sell an iTunes phone.
Motorola spokeswoman Jennifer Weyrauch said the company is on schedule to ship an iTunes phone in the third quarter but would not disclose which operators would sell the phone.
Motorola said in March that it delayed showing its iTunes phone at trade shows earlier this year due to Apple and Motorola's differing approaches to product launches rather than any lack of interest from carriers.
Several analysts have suggested that Cingular would be a logical partner for the iTunes phone as it was the first operator to sell Motorola's flagship RAZR cell phone, which has helped boost sales at both companies.
"Available from Sprint [operador norte-americano], the Sanyo MM-5600 has a built-in media player that plays music files stored on a miniSD card. A USB cable is included for transferring files from PCs to the card while inserted in the phone"
"Segundo o último relatório da Informa Telecoms e Media, a música no telemóvel atingirá os 11,3 mil milhões de dólares, sendo 6,8 mil milhões de dólares provenientes dos toques de telemóvel." (Obercom)
Paula Cordeiro desenvolve o tema:
"O que é interessante é a forma como, actualmente, os conteúdos para telemóveis, em especial, a música e os toques, constituem 31% das receitas de conteúdos móveis. Dos E.U.A. vem um exemplo interessante, pois a tabela Billboard “Ringtone Chart” (toques para telemóveis) é dominada pelo Hip-Hop e tem vendas 3 vezes superiores à tabela “Hot Digital Tracks Chart” (downloads digitais ). O mais curioso é que um ringtone custa ,99 e uma música inteira custa ;?> No hay comentarios. Comentar.
Transcrevo o texto de Rogério Santos (porque o permalink abrange outros textos e não apenas este)
"Segundo Andrew Murray-Watson, do Sunday Telegraph de hoje, a televisão no telefone móvel será uma realidade em breve. Comenta ele, se cada britânico consome à volta de 18 horas semanais em televisão, por que não introduzir uma televisão móvel?
Todos os principais operadores de celulares estão a ultimar as suas ofertas. Esta semana coube a vez à Virgin Mobile, em parceria com a British Telecom, apresentar um serviço que permite aos seus clientes terem um telemóvel com televisão. As experiências ainda decorrem com um pequeno número de clientes em torno da autoestrada M25. O serviço comercial será lançado em 2006 se a prova piloto tiver sucesso. Há, neste momento, oferta de três canais - Sky News, Sky Sports News e uma estação de música, a Blaze. O Sunday Telegraph experimentou a tecnologia e concluiu que ela funciona. Trata-se do DAB. Dia sim dia não ou mês sim mês não, escreve-se que o DAB não serve, que está ultrapassado. No Natal passado, foi o sucesso de vendas de receptores de rádio em DAB; agora, a promessa de televisão no telemóvel através de DAB.
Entretanto, a concorrência experimenta outras tecnologias. A Orange usará a rede 3G (terceira geração de celulares). Contudo, a resolução de imagem não é tão boa como a do DAB, embora seja pioneira, pois já oferece comercialmente o serviço a £10 mensais (grosso modo: €15 mensais), que inclui o Big Brother e um canal de corridas de cavalos, aos escassos clientes que aderiram. Uma terceira tecnologia espreita e dá pelo nome de DVB-H (digital video broadcast-handheld), em desenvolvimento pela O2 em Oxford. Um analista terá dito que o DVB-H será o VHS do Betamax do DAB (traduzido por miudos: o Betamax era um sistema de gravação vídeo de melhor qualidade que o VHS, mas este acabou por triunfar graças ao marketing das empresas que o comercializaram; o mesmo poderá acontecer com o DAB, ultrapassado pelo DVB-H).
Aguardam-se desenvolvimentos tecnológicos. Duas coisas são, porém, certas: 1) o DAB não é para desprezar; 2) a televisão não vai morrer por causa da internet, pois canais temáticos e a pagamento estão a encontrar outras formas de distribuição."
Chama-se LT-1000 e é da coreana LG - permite ver os canais hertzianos.
"LG Electronics developed world's first terrestrial digital multimedia broadcast- receiving phone (model: LG-LT1000) and unveiled it last November. This model, equipped with the company's own-developed System on Chip (SoC), enables the reception of terrestrial multimedia broadcasts and mobile communications simultaneously."
A imagem aqui.
Um dos temas centrais da Mega Ideiadeste mês é a combinção entre telemóveis e música. O fenómeno não é novo, mas é revelada uma novidade (que terá sido avançada numa recente feira em Cannes): a possibilidade de receber downloads de música (como os leitores digitais) "mas com a vantagem de que não será um aparelho «inerte» mas antes um que poderá receber downloads de música através da rede móvel, algo que com os leitores actuais não é possível".
Nota: devo dizer que não atingi plenamente o significado da frase (por incapacidade de a descodificar ou por má explicação de quem escreveu), mas aguardo para ver.
No mesmo artigo: a Sony Ericsson e a Samsung devem apresentar em breve telemóveis com boa oferta de música. E A Motorola vai incorporar o software iTunes.
SINGAPORE (Reuters) - A Singapore television station will air a romantic drama series on third-generation mobile phone handsets this month in what will be a first for Asia.
The 30-episode Chinese drama series, produced by state-owned television firm Mediacorp and media regulator Media Authority of Singapore, will be released in three-minute episodes on 3G mobile phones at the end of June before being aired as a 90-minute television program by the start of 2006.
Titled "PS I Luv U," the series -- which features Taiwanese actors such as Roy Chiu -- will also be streamed by regional telecom operators on mobile handsets in other parts of Asia, including China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Malaysia, Mediacorp said.
Mediacorp said it plans to produce at least 10 3G drama series totaling over 200 mini-episodes next year.
Across the world, broadcast and cable networks have jumped on to the 3G bandwagon, rushing to churn out content for mobile phones and collaborating with telecom operators to provide entertainment clips that can be aired over the wireless network.
Fox Entertainment Group Inc. in May 2005 launched several series of "mobisodes" -- television programs whittled down to one-minute episodes and designed specifically for the mobile medium.
In 2001, Japan's NTT DoCoMo Inc. was the first operator in the world to launch its 3G service. But the service
was not as successful as was expected because of poor geographical coverage, sluggish feeds and pricey handsets.
However, with faster wireless broadband connections telecom operators believe video-streaming could be a "killer application" for 3G, with the potential to pull in billions of dollars in revenue.
Os operadores de telemóveis (wireless carriers) devem apostar em dois serviços alternativos: os downloads de música e a a rádio sem publicidade - de acordo com um estudo da Management Network Group, citado pela Billboard.
"Offering commercial-free radio and music download services represent the greatest new opportunities for wireless carriers, based on a combination of usage interest, likelihood to recommend and likelihood to purchase.
That’s one of the topline findings of a study by communications industry consultants the Management Network Group. The company conducted an online survey of 1,000 “primary decision-makers or decision-influencers” aged 13-34 with an even demographic and geographic mix in March 2005.
Somewhat lower interest levels were found for mobile TV and video clips delivered via mobile devices. Multiplayer gaming generated interest with only one in five respondents overall, but ranked substantially higher among 13-17 year old mobile consumers.
The demo most interested in multimedia wireless services is males, aged 13-24.
The survey suggests that wireless carriers risk losing up to one fourth of their younger subscriber base if they don’t offer these types of content services."
"Commercial-free radio over mobile phones and the ability to download music to phones are the two most interesting advanced mobile services to young adults, according to a recent study." O estudo está aqui.
Porquê boas notícias?
"About 40 percent of 1,000 phone users between 13 and 34 years old would be very interested in commercial-free radio over their mobile phone, the survey said. Nearly 35 percent of those surveyed showed an interest in wireless music downloads"
... um longo artigochamado "Ataque ao iPod". Duas notas:
- a Apple vai perder para os telemóveis a primazia da música digital. Sinal disso, a Nokia vai lançar o seu modelo N91, que vai arrasar (quatro gigas e 3 mil músicas!!!); a Apple contra-ataca com um primeiro telemóvel, iPhone!
- "Actualmente a rádio e a televisão são os meios privilegiados para se descobrir a música. Mas, no futuro próximo, o consumo discográfico poderá ter origem, em grande parte, num só aparelho, o telemóvel".
"(...) The Nokia N91 is comparable in size to Apple’s 4-GB iPod Mini, but there’s a price differential. The Mini is 9, while the N91, to ship in Europe and Asia by the fourth quarter, is expected to sell for around 0 overseas, and 0 in the USA after discounts. Nokia hopes to have the phone here by year’s end, but needs a carrier.(...)
Most cell phones have limited internal memory — around 32 megabytes, though some higher-end phones come with slots for memory cards like those found in digital cameras. A 1-gigabyte card sells for around .
Samsung recently introduced a phone with a 1.5-gigabyte hard drive in South Korea, and says it will make a 3-gigabyte phone in the future.
No. 2 handset manufacturer Motorola announced an alliance with Apple last year for a non-hard drive phone that would play songs purchased at the iTunes Music Store. The phone has been delayed, primarily due to resistance from carriers about promoting Apple, says Alex Slawsby, an analyst with market tracker IDC.
Cell phones are the top-selling consumer tech device, with sales of 650 million last year, growing to 840 million in 2008, IDC says" (in USA Today)
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