Music sharing goes mobile
The BBC is reporting that about a third of 1,500 kids surveyed swap music via their mobile devices - and even more would like to do so. This isn't legal today, because of copyright issues. But it reminds me of Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs' idea of turning the phone into a digital-rights wallet, among other things.
In some cases, he contends, kids just want to share a song that's housed on their mobile phones for a listen or two. He'd like to see the mobile phone equipped with the intelligence to let them share on a limited basis. This is basically what Microsoft is doing with its Zune, (though users can only share Zune-to-Zune, a small universe indeed), so it will be interesting to see if this kind of service takes off.
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