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Apple Patents Connection of iPhone to iTunes Store

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The lack of 3G support for the iPhone has been a point of contention for many, since it’s announcement. While I too was disappointed, I’ve been heard to say that without the ability to access the iTunes Store directly from the iPhone, it didn’t seem to be quite as big a deal. Well friends, now the 3G-less iPhone appears to be a big deal.

Yesterday Apple filed a patent that would allow mobile devices (Think iPhone, possible forthcoming iPod?, ROKR, etc) to connect to a service such as the iTunes Store and engage in commerce with said service. For the people like me who don’t got college: You can purchase and download from the iTunes Store, directly from your iPhone.

This has been a piece of the puzzle that I’ve felt was lacking from day one. Why have such a capable device (minus the connectivity of course) that can only get its music by docking to a computer? So Apple’s effectively got that out of the way (at least it seems that way). Hopefully now we’ll be hearing a future announcement that the iPhone will launch with 3G capabilities to compliment the rest of its impressive abilities.

6 Responses to “Apple Patents Connection of iPhone to iTunes Store”

  1. From what I understand 3G is not all that widespread in the USA compared to EDGE.

    That being the case I think Apple made a sensible move going with EDGE.
    Whats the point of having bleeding edge features that you can’t actually utilise at will.

    Here in Australia its a different matter. Only 1 carrier here has EDGE capability whereas 3G is fairly widespread.

    I love the idea of being able to purchase from iTunes directly from the iPone however.

  2. this is probably that big application missing that there was talk about previously, the missing icon is probably an iTunes music store DING DING DING this all fits together, bummer i live in NZ tho

  3. ShavenYak

    I figured that was coming. The option in iTunes 7 to transfer purchased music FROM your iPod to iTunes didn’t make a whole lot of sense unless there was a way to get purchased content ON your iPod in the first place. Yeah, a user with one iPod in manual mode and two computers might find it handy, too, but I’m betting it was really put there in anticipation of the iPhone (or other internet-capable iPod device).

    But there are still three things iPhone needs before I’m convinced:

    1) Removable storage, like perhaps an SD slot
    2) A front-mounted camera for video conferencing
    3) iChat
    4) A SDK for third-party software developers

    Four, four things it needs… oh, I’ll just come in again.