At an official event today in one of the New York Astor Place Starbucks, Apple unveiled its wi-fi music store and the new connection to the ubiquitous coffee shop. Starting at several hundred stores in New York and Seattle Starbucks patrons can tap into free wi-fi ONLY if they're using the iTunes music store. Plus, they're able to instantly download the song they hear in the store. I'd like a non-fat, half-caf, grande AAC file to go please. But hang on -- how does the AT&T/T-Mobile battle fit into all this?
Nokia isn't sitting back waiting for Apple's iPhone to take over as it announced today it's buying Chicago-based Navteq for $8.1 billion. That's one feature many iPhone users (like myself) would sure like to see -- GPS. It's become invaluable whether driving or walking around a new city or even a familiar one. One day we'll all wonder how we ever lived without it being embedded in something like our watches...hang on...hmmmm.
Finally, news from the UK with band Radiohead announcing they will circumvent iTunes (again) and sell its newest album, "In Rainbows," online for whatever price each consumer sees fit. In other words, you can pay as little as a few cents, or give them several dollars. (There'll be a small fee for using a credit or debit card.) Could prove to be an interesting model for established bands, but hardly the way to go for new musical acts.
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