Moto Q will support Napster To Go

Motorola's Moto Q phone, due out early next year, will support the mobile service, Napster To Go, Napster said Wednesday.

Motorola's Moto Q smart phone will be compatible with the Napster To Go portable subscription music service, Napster said Wednesday. A growing list of Windows-based phones are becoming available that are compatible with the service, Los Angeles-based Napster said.

Moto Q's compatibility seems to be generating particular enthusiasm. The company says it expects Moto Q to be available in the first quarter of next year. The thin, QWERTY phone, will operate on Windows Mobile software and will offer e-mail access and multimedia capabilities. The phone itself will feature thumbwheel navigation.

Other than that phone, though, Napster To Go has caught the attention of a variety of smart-phone vendors that are lining up to offer phones compatible with the service, which allows subscribers unlimited access to Napster's song catalog with more than 1.5 million tunes for a monthly fee. Napster To Go will work with phones from Siemens, Orange, Hewlett-Packard Co. and Audiovox Communications, as well as with phones from numerous other vendors.

Napster launched its mobile service in February and within weeks raised its fiscal quarter revenue guidance by US$1 million on the strength of Napster To Go. However, the service has been criticised for the dearth of MP3 players that are compatible with it, although that is expected to change over time as vendors release updated players.

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Nancy Weil

IDG News Service

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