Rolling Stone asks the question, Is Apple Planning to Out-Zune Competitors With Wireless iPod? (pdf), based on patent application #20070161402: Media data exchange, transfer or delivery for portable electronic devices.
Abstract: Methods and systems that facilitate data delivery to electronic devices are disclosed. One aspect pertains to data delivery to electronic devices that are portable, such as, mobile devices. In one embodiment, one mobile device discovers another mobile device within its vicinity. The mobile devices can then wirelessly transmit data from one mobile device to the other. The mobile devices, or their users, can control, request or influence the particular data content being delivered.
Rolling Stone’s best line:
This sounds like the technology that Microsoft’s Zune utterly failed to get anybody interested in last year, but — no surprise — Apple does it right: While Microsoft hobbled Zune’s wireless capability with strict limits on song sharing, Apple’s technology allows users to peruse the catalogs and playlists of nearby devices and pick tracks to download.
See also Apple patenting Zune-like sharing, wireless buying.Of course, it’s just an application….