Cingular patent application hints at Apple deal

“An interesting patent application from Cingular has surfaced today in which it describes a two-prong marketing approach for providing music, TV and movie to cell phone users. Cingular describes both a wireless streaming based subscription-type service in addition to allowing users to access their content on internet services like Apple’s iTunes Music Store via Digital Licensed Keys. Whether or not Apple has agreed to this new wireless service format is unknown at this time – although the patent’s verbiage would suggest this may be the case,” Neo reports for MacNN.

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15 Comments

  1. For those that want subscription services – make sure you are investing in your kids. When you die, you won’t be able to give them your music – they’ll need to keep paying for it themselves if they want to continue to listen to it. Of course, then you lose your chance to get them truly ‘hooked on classics’ of your era, especially if you die too soon.

    Happy Holidays

  2. “I so want subscriptions to iTunes – yes I know you don’t own, and it’s gone when you cancel…but it beats the hell out of XM and Sirius Satellite Radio.”

    CERTAIN absolute proof that this model is horrid for consumers is the fact that record labels all want it.

  3. I want a subscription model for iTunes also. I don’t want to rent music, but I do want to subscribe to video and movies that I only want to watch once and then don’t want filling up space on my hard drive. I’ll still buy the music I want to keep.

  4. I’m with Alec… I find music subscriptions completely pointless. I would, however, choose a video subscription service, over a la carte purchasing. There are very few movies that I care to own, and I’d rather buy those on DVD.

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