Apple Computer is to roll out a new version of its iTunes jukebox software which will be compatible with Motorola cellular phones. Motorola says the new handsets would be available in the first half o

Apple Computer is to roll out a new version of its iTunes jukebox software which will be compatible with Motorola cellular phones.

Under the alliance, revealed today (July 27), Motorola's next-generation handsets will be able to transfer tracks from the iTunes music player via a USB cable or Bluetooth connection.

Rosemont, Ill.-based Motorola -- the world's second-largest mobile phone maker -- says the new handsets would be available in the first half of 2005.

Apple says the adapted iTunes mobile music player would become Motorola's standard music application for its music phones.

In a statement issued today, Apple CEO Steve Jobs says the 1.5 billion mobile subscribers anticipated worldwide by the end of 2004 offered a "phenomenal opportunity to get iTunes in the hands of even more music lovers around the world," adding "Motorola is the ideal partner to kick this off."

Financial details of the deal were not disclosed.

Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple is understood to have shifted more than 4 million units of its market-leading iPod digital-music players. Its iTunes Music Store recently surpassed the 100 millionth legal download milestone.

The computer giant launched its iTunes Music Store June 15 in the United Kingdom, France and Germany, and is expected to launch a pan-European service in October.