Apple’s Hot Digital Player Faces Holiday Competition From New Wave of Handsets
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.
Tim Woolsey, a home-schooled 10th-grade student in Katy, Texas, for example, renewed his contract with Cingular so he could get a Sony Ericsson Walkman phone at the reduced price of $100. He’s planning on transferring about 400 of his favorite songs to it from the iPod he got last Christmas. “I carry my phone with me wherever I go,” he says. “But I don’t always have my iPod with me.”