Everywhere Internet Audio and Wireless Apple iPod?
Businessweek has an interesting article about an emerging concept called Everywhere Internet Audio (EIA):
Imagine, if you will, an iPod as a wireless digital ladle. It would dip into a nearly bottomless stream of continual music, scooping up any song you wanted, when you wanted, where you wanted.
The author speculates that Apple would be a prime candidate to deploy this sort of technology, but also claims that it is an "ill-kept secret that Apple is trying to figure out how to add wireless Internet connectivity to the iPod."
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Remember a while back rumors were going around about wireless on the ipod. The rumor (as I remember) was to have bluetooth on the ipod and use rendezvous to detect local ipods and be able to share playlists of people close to you.
Seems like a cool feature, but how much would it really be used? Blue tooth uses a lot less power and uses a smaller chip so it could probably go into the ipod now without making it bigger.
In order to use 802.11x they would have to increase the size quite a bit and to use cell phone technology (cdpd, gprs, etc..)they would have to charge a monthly fee to access the carrier network so I dont see either of these happening any time soon.
Can you tell I really don't like the idea of a subscription service?
:cool:I've often talked about this sort of thing with friends.
What one really wants isn't "bits on disk". One wants any music, anywhere, any time.
Essentially, it's on-demand radio. You can listen to anything on demand.
The iPod itself would be used not only as a place to plug your headphones, but to store playlists (of music you don't keep on it) and as a general communications device.
Ultimately, this goes beyond music, to video (a sort of portable tivo) and other sorts of information-on-demand.
how would you fit a airport card in there tho?