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Apple looking to patent remote iTunes streaming?

updated 11:55 am EDT, Thu August 7, 2008

Remote iTunes streaming?

Apple handhelds may in the future be able to stream content from a remote iTunes library, a newly-published patent application indicates. Titled Remote access of media items, the filing describes a system in which handheld owners would be able to access audio, video and photos over a network. Unlike the current iTunes sharing scheme, however, people would also be able to access games, and reach everything over the Internet, whether through wired, Wi-Fi or cellular networks.

Files accessed from a handheld would be listed as if they were stored locally -- creating what Apple calls "virtual capacity" -- and sorted with standard metadata, such as artist, title and ranking. The concept could even be applied to work between handhelds, echoing the "squirt" function used by Microsoft's Zune players. Zune tracks, however, can only be shared for a short amount of time before the second copy is automatically deleted.

The patent could represent an extension of Apple's Remote app, which lets iPhone and iPod touch owners control a local computer's iTunes library. If the technology were to appear in the near future, it would most likely arrive in September with the anticipated iPod refresh.




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  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -7

    man

    this sounds like one of those patents we rail against. How is this different than what can be done now with iTunes or other players, or with something like Metaframe, RDC, etc.

    Oh, and to this:
    and reach everything over the Internet, whether through wired, Wi-Fi or cellular networks.

    how exactly does one wire an internet connection to the iphone?

  1. G4_Kessel

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Uh...

    Via USB maybe?

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -3

    Re: uh

    But does the USB allow the user to network their iPhone?

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