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Monday, November 08, 2021

look ma, no wires
With the next generation of iPods gaining color screens and photo display/storage, what could be next for the ubiquitous digital music player?

How about wide-ranging wi-fi capability?

As described, it would call for a major upgrade in the iPod’s firmware, enabling a ton of interactive functions for browsing remote databases, making ecommerce purchases directly from the device, etc. It would be wild.

I’m not convinced that consumers actually would want to purchase music that way, though. It’s the same concept that’s been pushed for using wireless phones as ecommerce devices for purchasing ringtones, games and even things beyond the handset (like sodas from interactive vending machines). Initiatives in that space are only now starting to take off, and really only among ringtones. It might be a tall order to extend that to another portable device.

However, on a smaller scale, I would love to see wi-fi capability in the iPod, strictly as an easier way to interface it with your computer. Right now, I rarely ever sync my iPod with my computer, because I find the process of hooking up the Firewire cable to be cumbersome (I realize that’s just my setup; others probably have a more elegant, permanent setup for that). I’d love to be able to transfer new songs wirelessly.

- Costa Tsiokos, Mon 11/08/2021 08:17:23 PM
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  1. Some kind of merger of that new XM portable (http://www.zickus.com/wiki/20043010700) and the iPod would be pretty sweet.

    Comment by Tim — 11/09/2021 @ 04:37:57 AM

  2. The iPod isn’t wi-fi enabled yet, but why let that stop you from getting connected? wiPods already exist, but just not how you thought.

    BayAreaFreeFi.com released the first free wireless listing for the iPod last July.

    In the last week or two, they have added some new friends to the freefi family.

    From New York to LA, and many other regions in between (including Boston, Chicago, Colorado, Indianapolis, New York, Ohio, Portland, Seattle, San Diego, and Texas), BayAreaFreeFi.com is sharing the Fi.

    Now people all across the country can access the leading free wi-fi listing from their iPod, mobile phone (WAP), or RSS.

    Happy wiPodding!

    Comment by Ryan — 11/09/2021 @ 01:54:12 PM

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