Localized iTunes stores at Starbucks for iPhone needs patent?

Remeber that “Now playing” service that you’ve been getting on your iPhone at Starbucks a while ago?

Well, it seems that Apple really liked it and decided that this thing might be worth it’s own patent, so Palm and Nokia won’t copy it.

The basic idea described in patent app is pretty simple. Place a local cache of iTunes media store server at a retail location, e.g. Starbucks cafe,  and follow the music that is being played from that cache. Beam the associated info to the iPhones and Macbooks via local Wi-Fi network.

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Additional icon with store logo will appear on the iPhone. And if the customer fancies the current song, he just taps on this icon and gets all the additional about the song and an option to buy it.

This can easily be tied in with various promotions, e.g. buy an additional coffee and get one song free, etc; and other things.

Simple, elegant, fun and pretty easy to implement. The question is, just how much of the original thinking went into this and would USPTO agree with Apple’s claims.

Afterall, things like Nokia’s indoor LBS can cover song downloads quite easily too.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • Jon F

    Hey Staska… APPLE ALREADY DID THIS. Why do you think they have screen caps?

    Remember? Apple gave people free Wi-Fi at Starbucks to let you browse iTunes and buy the currently playing song from the iTunes Store?

  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Yeah, somehow missed/forgot that.

    Post updated

    Thanks's

  • Jon F

    Hey Staska… APPLE ALREADY DID THIS. Why do you think they have screen caps?

    Remember? Apple gave people free Wi-Fi at Starbucks to let you browse iTunes and buy the currently playing song from the iTunes Store?

  • http://www.staska.net Staska

    Yeah, somehow missed/forgot that.

    Post updated

    Thanks's