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May 4, 2006 at 10:28 AM

Phones to topple the iPod?

Wireless phones that store thousands of songs may surpass iPods and other standalone MP3 players, according to a new report from ABI Research.

“As the cellular handset becomes the one device that the world carries, the standalone MP3 player may well be left behind,” analyst Alan Varghese said in a release. “What’s important to many users is having one device that handles mobile music as well as the other functions — phone calls, digital photography, email, web browsing — now performed by mobile phones.

Varghese said new phones with hard drives store less music than the largest iPods, but most consumers don’t care whether they’re carrying 2,000 songs or 7,500 songs.

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