Vodafone Give Apple The Bird

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Vodafone (VOD) has decided that it wants nothing to do with Apple’s (AAPL) iTunes or the iPhone and is also giving the cold shoulder to Nokia’s new music download service. The largest cellular carrier in Europe will go it alone.

Vodafone will use its own MusicStation store, which can download an album to a phone in minutes, according to The Inquirer.

If Vodafone has any success, it may encourage other large cell carrier systems like Verizon Wireless and China Mobile (CHL) to test the economics of their own music download systems. If they work, it cuts of a piece of the field for both Apple and Nokia.

Douglas A. McIntyre