Motorola: Apple Delaying iTunes Phone

It's Apple fault, says Motorola. At least that is the reason Ron Garriques, president of Motorola's mobile phone division, gave reporters Tuesday at the CTIA Wireless conference in New Orleans over the iTunes phone delay.

Garriques said that his company and Apple have two different strategies for releasing products. Motorola likes to show off its innovations early on, while Apple is notoriously tight-lipped about products up until their launch.

"Steve [Jobs]'s perspective is that you launch a product on Sunday and sell it on Monday," he said.

Motorola reiterated that it is on schedule for two phones this year with iTunes capabilities. He also denied reports that the company had disagreements with mobile phone carriers over the phones release, saying carriers are fighting "to be the first one we go with."

Garriques would not provide any further details on the phones, or whether plans had been changed after the iTunes compatible E790 failed to show at CeBIT. Motorola is expected to show off another iTunes phone, the ROKR, in Florida next month.

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