NEW YORK (CNN/Money) -
Apple Computer and Motorola plan to unveil a cell phone with Apple's iTunes software next week, a newspaper reported Tuesday.
The long-awaited phone will be made by Motorola (Research) and marketed by Cingular Wireless, the New York Times reported, citing a telecommunications analyst who has been briefed on the announcement.
The newspaper said the new phone brings together two of the most popular digital devices today -- the cell phone and Apple's (Research) iPod, which has popularized the practice of downloading songs from the Internet.
The report said having iTunes software on the phone would allow people to transfer songs from their personal computer to the phone and listen to them.
"It's a deluxe music player now on your cell phone," Roger Entner, the telecommunications analyst briefed on the announcement, told the Times. Entner works for market research firm Ovum and said an industry executive told him about the new product.
Apple, Motorola and Cingular declined to confirm or deny the report, the newspaper said. But Apple said Monday it would hold a major music-related news event on Sept. 7 in San Francisco, according to the Times.
The newspaper said it was not clear whether the new phone will allow users to download songs straight from the Internet to the phone, but cited analysts who said they doubted that capability would be available immediately.
Reports of an Apple-Motorola iPod phone first surfaced in July 2004, when Motorola said it planned to develop a device that incorporates iTunes software, according to the report. Motorola said in July of this year that the phone was on track to be unveiled by the end of September, the Times said.
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