Flashback: the Motorola ROKR E1 was a dud, but it paved the way for the iPhone

01 September 2019
The clunky UI annoyed Steve Jobs, the 100 song cap left consumers uninterested, the launch of the iPod nano annoyed Motorola's CEO.

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  • Anonymous

I loved the E398. Really good battery.

  • Anonymous

FreezeGame, 01 Sep 2019Apple had a deal with Xerox, cheated the company out of money, s... moreYep, that was 35-36 years ago, so it's absolutely not relevant anymore.
The business and startup landscape back then was VERY different to what we see today, and that's how things worked back then.

Kind of like pointing to a 35 years old person that they s**t their pants 34 years ago and because of that, you call them "pansh*tter" today.

  • realone

This reminds me of my E398 flashed & upgraded to ROKR E1.. it was such a good (or shall I say the better) phone during those nostalgic yesteryears... Proud to have a sturdy & best music phone, along with the glowing (& color changing) side grills!

  • Adul Al Salami Kebab

Its kinda cool, wonder if we buy it it could still work today... x-x

  • Anonymous

Kingslayer, 01 Sep 2019I should've waited for the Motorola RAZR V3i over the original V3. Yes you should have because the subsequent model was better in every way. It had more internal memory, a better second display, a better main camera, a bigger battery, a microSD card slot, and a dedicated iTunes key.

  • Anonymous

Ahh, good times. I remember my purple Motorola RAZR V3i with iTunes, it was an exquisite phone. I loved using it and I regret selling it too quickly. I used a few more flip phones and a jailbroken iPhone 3G before upgrading to my first Android smartphone, the Motorola Atrix 2. I'm glad the company is bringing back the old RAZR clamshell design, I just wish it wasn't so laughably expensive lol, then again all the new foldable smartphones are. I don't like the Galaxy Fold or Mate X so the only way I'll ever get one is if Motorola makes theirs a lot more affordable.

ROKR E1 was a dud because of apple and their 100MB music / 100 song limit. They feared for the ipod sales so they cripled this phone. Only advanced users had any point in buying this phone as one could fix it by flashing a custom firmware.

It's predecessor, the StereoMoto (E398) had no such limit and as such was a much better device for music. No wonder seeing as it was made in co-operation with MTV.

Kingslayer, 02 Sep 2019I used to own an iPod and I think it was one of the most overpri... moreIt was the music labels that insisted on using Fairplay DRM to protect their revenues, not Jobs. He proactively lobbied against it.

You didn't need to purchase songs from iTunes to play them on any iPod or Mac, at all.

Anonymous, 01 Sep 2019Because that is exactly what they are regularly doing. And almo... moreYeah, maybe do some research...

"Having acquired more than 100 companies since its founding more than 40 years ago, Apple is likely to continue to buy up companies which it believes could help to strengthen its brand and product offerings into the future."

It helped to make a few more millionaires, that's for sure.

  • Anonymous

http://www.slashleaks.com/l/iphone-xi-xi-max-fir­st-look-leaks

No square ... but similar to s10+

I used to own an iPod and I think it was one of the most overpriced products of all-time. It did pave the way for the iPhone to succeed by following its success. The most important thing from Apple prior to the iPhone was actually iTunes.

It is iTunes that set up their overrated ecosystem that locked up everybody to only use Apple proprietary hardware and software.

FreezeGame, 01 Sep 2019Apple had a deal with Xerox, cheated the company out of money, s... moreAs Jobs once said:
"Picasso had a saying - good artists copy, great artists steal. And we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."

Mailman, 01 Sep 2019So.... if it's almost everything they release then you shouldn't... moreApple had a deal with Xerox, cheated the company out of money, stole its STAR software, and walked away to create the Apple Lisa (which was a total market flop in 1983). Way to go, Apple.

Six years prior, Steve Jobs partnered with Chrisann Brennan to create Lisa Brennan-Jobs. When confronted about creation, he denied that he had anything to do with it, and even went as far as accusing someone else as being the creator. What a stand up guy he was!

Anonymous, 01 Sep 2019Because that is exactly what they are regularly doing. And almo... moreSo.... if it's almost everything they release then you shouldn't have problems to mention some things what they stole from some company and went away...

  • Anonymous

Mailman, 01 Sep 2019Based on your post Apple is doing that regularly. Could you giv... moreBecause that is exactly what they are regularly doing.
And almost everything they release...

Anonymous, 01 Sep 2019There's another reason why it didn't become successful. All over... more512GB or 512MB?

  • Shakur

Kingslayer, 01 Sep 2019Not necessarily true. Nokia was #1 and sold ugly feature phones ... moreI agree dude
The best design was the iphone 5

  • Anonymous

There's another reason why it didn't become successful. All over the world, many just bought cheap mp3 players and filled them with free MP3s. DMCA wasn't even a thing back then and there were many "free" goods with little to no consequences.

Also some mp3 players offered more than 512 GB storage which was also expandable.

abigfanoftechs, 01 Sep 2019It common practice with Apple to partnered up another company to... moreBased on your post Apple is doing that regularly. Could you give some examples please when they stole the tech and "walked away"?

  • ostrykolesz

I remember when this phone came out way back when... The price was a reasonable $199 (contract) Canadian. Still it was just a phone (E398) with an MP3 player, mind you with the interface of an iPod. The allure of the iPod was the click wheel and the large storage capacity, some thing that the ROKR did not have. I had the Sony W800i which had the WalkMan software - practically the same interface as the ROKR. However, most people wanted the Motorola RAZR at the time. Did it pave the way for the iPhone - NO! The road to the iPhone was paved with Palm and PocketPC. The phone flopped because it was average at best and priced in the same category as superior flagships.