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This stylish slider should see release in North America
Say hello to the new MOTOMUSIC slider that integrates Microsoft Windows Media DRM and other technologies

Today at CES, Motorola announced it is delivering on an existing relationship with Microsoft to integrate Microsoft Windows Media technologies into MOTOMUSIC mobile devices. Built on Motorola’s new Linux-Java software platform, the MOTOMUSIC devices give consumers an easy music-sync experience with Windows Media Player on Windows XP and Vista-based PCs and provide access to content from a wide range of online music stores. Consumers can not only take their personal CD collections with them, but can also transfer music acquired from hundreds of download or subscription stores and play it back on their Motorola handsets.

The MOTORIZR Z6 will be the first Motorola handset to include Microsoft Windows Media technologies including Windows Media DRM, Windows Media Audio and Media Transfer Protocol. Unlike the ubiquitous RAZR and KRZR flip phones, the RIZR comes in a slider form factor and offers simple connectivity to Windows-based PCs via USB 2.0. By supporting MTP, Windows Media Player will automatically recognize the MOTORIZR Z6, letting users sync music from the PC to the phone from over 200 music stores worldwide.

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

In addition to making the new MOTOMUSIC handsets interoperable with PCs, Motorola and Microsoft plan to provide MOTOMUSIC handset offerings that are tailored for discovering and acquiring music over an operator’s 3G network.

The new MOTORIZR Z6 is expected to be available in the first half of 2007.

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Sweet... I hope.
By retrospooty on 1/8/2007 6:00:42 PM , Rating: 2
I like the design, Razer and KrazR are just... Odd feeling to me.

Has anyone seen size specs?

RE: Sweet... I hope.
By phaxmohdem on 1/8/2007 6:12:24 PM , Rating: 2
Looks pretty similar in size to RAZR. Though I hope they've updated the LCD Sliding part to something more sturdy than the crappy plastic on the RAZR. I like the looks of the RAZR, but I like the sturdy construction of my A900 better.

RE: Sweet... I hope.
By ninjit on 1/8/2007 6:20:36 PM , Rating: 2
What are you talking about?

The RAZR is a flip-phone not a slider, and mine is all metal - anodized alumnimum - only plastic on the screen covering the LCDs.

RE: Sweet... I hope.
By phaxmohdem on 1/8/2007 9:08:17 PM , Rating: 2
I know RAZR is a flip... I was making a comparison. I guess I don't really know what the RAZR is made out of, all I know is it feels cheap and flimsy in comparison to my A900. Feels more like a plastic top than anodized metal.

Anywho, I guess it really doesn't matter cause at the end of the day both phones do the same damn thing. It's all just opinion & personal preference.

RE: Sweet... I hope.
By HammerZ on 1/8/2007 7:27:12 PM , Rating: 2
Here you go:

For comparison purposes:
RIZR: 105 x 45 x 16.2 mm, 69 cc
RAZR: 98 x 53 x 13.9 mm, 65 cc
SLVR L7: 113 x 49 x 11.5 mm, 59 cc

Thumb Release?
By TimberJon on 1/8/2007 7:04:18 PM , Rating: 3
I wonder if it has a limited spring-load. too strong a spring would fly it right out of some peoples hands..

I would like to see synch capabilities with productivity software like outlook express. Bluetooth is a must and WiFi cant hurt. If anyone can find the preliminary specs on it for the N.A. launch, please post it!

RE: Thumb Release?
By dubldwn on 1/8/2007 7:20:05 PM , Rating: 5
They should add a wrist strap.

Thought this was already out?
By UlricT on 1/9/2007 12:02:51 AM , Rating: 2
I have been seeing ads for this in India on TV for the whole of 2007. Been noticing that the phones coming out in the US are always 1/2 a generation behind, and are always crippled by the service provider.

RE: Thought this was already out?
By ninjit on 1/9/2007 1:52:37 AM , Rating: 2
wow, yes what part of India do you live in that you've already watched all the TV for the "whole of 2007"?

By stromgald on 1/8/2007 6:16:33 PM , Rating: 2
Samsung has been fighting back against Motorola for awhile now by making things smaller/better than their Motorola counterparts, but nobody really paid much attention since Moto started the RAZR craze.

Now the roles are reversed and Motorola's copying Samsung's slider design. Looks almost exactly the same as a T-mobile Samsung T-809. But, I would bet its about 2-5 mm smaller in each dimension and packs more memory or a slightly better camera.

Milking it
By qwerty1 on 1/8/2007 10:43:28 PM , Rating: 2
Can't blame Motorola for successfully milking the RAZR design for all it's worth, but it's really starting to get a bit old... hope they don't concentrate on this so much that all their other innovative designs get shelfed.

DRM... ew
By Polynikes on 1/9/2007 2:19:08 PM , Rating: 2
So, from the sounds of it, you can't transfer just plain old mp3s? They have to be bought from one of a number of music stores? If that's the case, I'd never buy one.

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