I can't help but wonder whether the tepid reception to the ROKR influened Nokia's decision to hang back on the N91 music phone until after the new year. The un-announcement included a choice bit of corporate double-speak:
''The process of integrating Windows digital rights management solution into the phone happened faster than expected,'' the spokesman said. ''We have therefore decided to delay the launch so that we can provide a better service.''
Lemme get that straight, integration happened faster so Nokia decided to launch later. What's wrong with this picture? As Carlo Longino pointed out in yesterday's Airtime column there is very little incentive for handset makers to include any kind of truly useful music service in these devices.