Cant download songs to iPhone-CNBC today
On CNBC today one of the reporters said with the iPhone you will need to download songs to your mac or PC then transfer to the iPhone. They said thats a huge drawback to the iPhone since most all current cellphones can get them right over the air to the phone, bypasing the need for downloading 1st to a PC. Is this true?
- 03-19-2007, 08:03 PM #2
- 03-19-2007, 08:20 PM #3
- 03-19-2007, 09:04 PM #4
And to be fair, there are plenty of phones that don't allow it or only allow it for certain songs/certain situations. Treo 680 for one, which is also marketed as a consumer-friendly media phone. Also, and I am sure someone can confirm or deny this, but I am pretty sure some of the sony ericsson walkman phones don't allow over the air syncs/downloads.
I agree though that it's probably a DRM implementation problem.
- 03-19-2007, 09:07 PM #5
- 03-19-2007, 10:01 PM #6
- 03-19-2007, 11:25 PM #7
it is no biggie for most but it seems backwards to not offer ota downloads of songs when a lot of basic cell phones today do that. Especially since the iphone is supposed to be a next generation phone. Maybe a next generation design & UI but past generation features.
- 03-20-2007, 01:11 AM #8
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- 03-21-2007, 06:52 PM #11
- 03-22-2007, 06:36 AM #12
Hope that means they're looking into allowing OTA downloads! Great, because it would have been kind of weird to have an official iPod wifi phone and not be able to download from iTunes!
That's one mistake Zune made, no OTA downloads from their own marketplace.
- 03-22-2007, 05:03 PM #13
The TINY fraction of all cellphone users that actually do this (no one could ever convince me that it's more than some tenth of a percent of ALL--read business users included--actually bother with this) wouldn't merit the bother with making it happen.
This way it's exactly like the iPod process everyone has come to know and love.
If they do it great, but I wouldn't expect it.
- 03-22-2007, 05:39 PM #14
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- 03-23-2007, 08:02 AM #16
- 03-23-2007, 08:10 AM #17
We're all looking at this from a very skewed perspective out here in cool-gadget-power-phone-user land.
Everyone on this forum could know 20 people who download songs OTA and it still wouldn't change my opinion on the percentage of cell phone users that do it, given how ubiquitous cell phones are.
My father has a cellphone, (a Treo even) and knows probably 500 people who also have them, and I'd bet HUGE money that not one of them even knows if they could download songs OTA.
- 03-23-2007, 08:20 AM #18
- 03-23-2007, 08:37 AM #19
If they are buying songs from Itunes they could as easily buy them OTA. Why is that so hard to imagine? If you cant download music on your connected device where is the synergy of a converged device? You may as well tape your Razr to your Ipod.
- 03-23-2007, 11:17 AM #20
- 03-24-2007, 12:28 AM #21
--> Portable music's future could be in your phone
Sprint says it has sold 8 million songs to date since opening its music store in 2005. Verizon says it is selling 1 million songs a monthIn Asia, people now listen to music on their phones more than they do on music players, says Strategy Analytics analyst Chris Ambrosio. He sees no reason this shift won't happen here.
If you think OTA is not the going to be huge, then you should talk to Sprint, Verizon, Cingular, etc. about their OTA services and what a waste it is. Clearly they see money to be made.
Of course having said that, for myself I think OTA services are dumb. Then again I think ring-back tones are stupid too and yet those seem to be huge.
Finally there is this, which Apple has to contend with too:
According to a survey conducted by RBC Capital Markets, about 75 percent of roughly 1,000 people polled said they had no interest in watching TV on their cell phones. And about 70 percent said they didn't see themselves using their cell phones for musical entertainment.
- 03-24-2007, 10:30 AM #22
wow...as i thought....75% don't watch video on their handhelds....small sample (1000 people) but a very telling statistic. i still yet to come across that individual who makes up the 25% group! perhaps i have in that many on this board do. on a side note, i think that apple will be able to better capture the consumer who wants to watch video because of the one-stop aspect and simplicity of shopping on iTunes.