First, some interesting iPhone speculation over on a couple of Jupiter Research blogs. First Ian Fogg lays out four potential scenarios for an iPhone, then Michael Gartenberg says it’s more likely a fifth, apparently unimaginable scenario.
That is, however, quite literally yesterday’s news as today’s is all about Cingular teaming up with Microsoft, Napster, Rhapsody, Yahoo, Sauron and, possibly, Darth Maul (the Macalope will refrain from pointing out how this rumor runs contrary to the argument that cell providers really like to run their own music stores. Oops).
In a Marketwatch interview today Gartenberg says that cell providers are looking for these alliances for compatibility and pricing reasons and that he doesn’t expect Cingular’s alliance (or the Zune or Sony) to significantly impact Apple’s position. He also believes the music cell phones will coexist with the iPod, rather than supplant it.