After being pelted with tomatoes in its iTunes phone guise, the Motorola ROKR has reinvented itself as the E2 – a more polished replacement with some intriguing new internet radio software.
The iRadio suite lets you transfer the output from 435 commercial-free stations onto your ROKR's SD card via USB, along with any AACs, MP3s or WAVs files you have. The content won't just be restricted to your phone either – a bluetooth adaptor for home stereos will let you tune in around the home, pause when you leave the house and restart where you left off on your commute via an additional car kit.
Details about content are a bit sketchy at the moment – genres so far include the worryingly gimmicky sounding 'Rockin' Cowboys' and 'Angry Women', but Motorola will be getting new artists to sign up to its free iRadio Get Heard Network and getting extra content from its deal with Universal Music Group. The international launch of the service isn't expected until later this year, but its imminent US debut gives a guide to pricing – it'll be between $7 and $10 a month over there.
The E2 itself irons out some of the niggles of its predecessor – there's now USB 2.0 connectivity, a standard 3.5mm headphone jack and, thanks to the jettisoning of iTunes, no song limit (you can get about 500 on a 2GB SD card). It's also got itself some bespoke Bluetooth sunglasses – the Oakley designed O ROKR's will let you take calls and listen to tunes wirelessly, while only making you look like a slight idiot. They'll be around £200 in Q2 this year.
There's no pricing available yet for the E2, but it's also due out by the summer – mosey on down to this link for more info.