Wow I feel like I am in a twilight zone episode.
It's people like the US Gov't, CN Rail, etc who have thousands of users that RIM caters to...
Oh really. So the US intelligent services, Marshalls, FBI, DEA have no need to share any thing other than text ?
Your generalization of the needs of the US Gov. is very narrow. We hold a number large government contracts and our clients can be extremely demanding. Also they watch the commercial sector very closely and are constantly looking to stay on par with the solutions being provided to main stream businesses.
I dont want or need a mp3 player on my BB. It is a business tool that I just happen to get personal email on.
Has anyone actually read my comments ? I never said the the BB should become a mp3 player. What I tried to convey was the BB is a communications device and AUDIO WILL be just another data type that will be supported.
The delivery of highly compressed aacPlus encoded audio to mobile devices is a fact. This codec is beginning to become embedded in every mobile device on the planet. I predict in the next two years you will not be able to buy a phone, PDA or BB that doesn't support audio data format.
How mobile audio is used is a completely different topic and you guys are making a category mistake. Yes the delivery of mobile audio can be used for entertainment BUT it also has Pure Business applications as well.
I say this with as much sincerty I can convey via text. I genuinely respect the expertise and experience of everyone who as commented but the problem with the perspectives being shared is they are a snapshot in time. When some ones says "I don't need audio on my BB" that makes the assumption that the world is flat. In effect what you are implying is this is the way world is today and therefore it will always be that way.
What I am trying to get you guys to do is broaden your perspective a little bit and look at what is going on around you in the wireless industry. The fact is this where the industry is headed. RIM is not an island even though the comments being made are trying to make it appear that they are.
aka on hand clapping :D