Mobile phone handset giant Nokia has unveiled a new series of multimedia devices, led by a music-capable version that looks set to rival Motorola's planned iPod-phone hybrid.

Mobile phone handset giant Nokia has unveiled a new series of multimedia devices, led by a music-capable version that looks set to rival Motorola's planned iPod-phone hybrid.

During a media gathering in Amsterdam today (April 27), Nokia unveiled three multimedia handsets in the new Nseries -- N70, N90 and N91 -- each of which is capable of Internet-downloads, FM radio transmission, email and mobile TV.

The N91 is targeted at music consumers and is positioned as Nokia's flagship multimedia device. It will be available through European retail by the end of this year for €650-700 ($840-900).

As previously reported, Motorola is expected to roll-out devices incorporating Apple Computer's iTunes music player in the first half of 2005.

Capable of storing up to 3,000 tracks on its hard disc, the N91 is described by Nokia music VP Jonas Geust as "truly the world's best mobile connected jukebox."

It will enable users to download music over the air, and transfer music files to and from home computers. Users will be able to manage their music collection, and share their playlists with others. "You can plug it into high-quality audio equipment as well," Geust tells Billboard.biz.

Moreover, it can play a variety of protected digital-music formats, including Microsoft's Windows Media Audio, and the popular AAC+ format.