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iPod Users Desperate For Streaming

Dittybot LogoPlastic Bugs has posted a program which allows iPod/OS X Tiger users to stream songs from their iPods hooked up to their computers to their mobile phones.

You send a text message from your mobile phone to your POP email account. Your text message should contain the keywords of a song title (and possibly an artist name) that you want to hear. DittyBot finds that email (he checks Mail every 45 seconds) and copies the song name into a text file. The song name is then copied into iTunes and a playlist is created from your search. Next, DittyBot loads Skype (the internet telephony app) and begins calling your mobile phone. Your mobile phone rings and when you pick it up, you should hear your song start playing in all its compressed glory. DittyBot will play your selection to you over your phone until you hang up.

It’s ingenious to be sure, but I’m not sure how useful it is. Aside from requiring someone to leave their iPod and computer set up in a certain way on the off-chance they’ll have a desperate need to listent to a particular song I’m pretty sure Skype charges to phone a mobile, so you’ll be paying for that…and it’s only one music file. I can see people using it to fake a phone call to their phone. Send a discrete SMS and recieve a phone call, replete with authentic sounds that convince everyone the call is genuine…
Anyway, the main point to this is that people really want to connect iPods and mobile phones, so Apple better get its finger out or people will work something out for themselves… (via Ringtonia)
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