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article imageApple patents iTunes Music Store transaction service for iPhone

By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 2, 2007 in Technology
Apple patents iTMS transaction service for iPhone
Joining Sony Ericsson in the growing list of cellphone-related patents unearthed today, it appears that Apple is doing a good bit of work behind the scenes to ensure that future iPhone users will be able to access and purchase tunes (and video?) from the iTunes Store. Apple's recently filed "Configuration of a computing device in a secure manner" patent lays out in a good bit of detail how users of a mobile device (wireless iPod?) could access the iTMS and perform "transactions."
Apple filed this patent to make it possible for iPhone users to download music files from the iTunes stores directly to their phone via a secure transmission (in the form of digital signatures). The phone connects to the PC wireless and from the PC it is connected to the iTunes Music Store server and the song is transferred to iPhone via the PC. Also, the software updates for the phone will be done through this connection. Apple has included lot of possibilities in their patent to avoid future clashes, whether all of the features will be approved or not, we have to wait and see. But this is a good start, the songs can be downloaded faster in a secure manner.
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