While there’s been a lot of buzz around Apple’s victory claim this week in their battle with the recording industry over iTunes Music Store pricing, something of possibly more significance has been going on in the background. ZDNet UK is carrying a story about Apple’s recent application for a patent on wireless music downloads. The invention would appear to protect the process of mobile phone or PDA users bookmarking a song or video in an online music store, and then downloading it either immediately or later when they return to their PC.
A bold move. But there is prior art for mobile music purchasing in the United States. So I’m not entirely certain what this patent is meant to achieve, apart from yet more high profile Intellectual Property wrangling to get people interested enough to post blogs about it.