A new patent filed by Apple describes a new technology that allows access to iTunes, via the Internet, from iPhone and touch. The solution described in the document allows the user of pocket devices to consult and access the entire library of photos, music and videos stored on Mac and PC wirelessly wherever he is.
As with any other Apple patent, it should be noted that the technology and solutions described may never be implemented in real products and programs intended for the market. Even without wanting to venture forecasts on Cupertino's future choices, the functions made possible by remote access to personal libraries and the global push that Apple is exerting on the iPhone and touch, make this patent much more attractive and perhaps also feasible in a real product also in the short / medium term.
The document, the existence of which was among the first reported by AppleInsider, describes the operating mechanism and the possible benefits for the user. Access from iPhone and touch made possible thanks to metadata, small files that contain a brief description of the characteristics and attributes of the original media files, be they music, movies, games and applications, photographs and so on. In practice, with a future version of iTunes, the program could synchronize with the pocket device all the metadata of the original files stored on Mac and PC, without transferring the original media files. In this way, the user would have the perception of having more storage space in his pocket. When one of these metadata is selected for playback or access, the pocket device connects to the Web via Wi-Fi, cellular network or wired connection to reach the original file in the memory of a Mac or PC. Obviously the computers on which the original archives are located must be turned on and connected to the Internet.
Among the most interesting functions made possible by this patent, we remember that of being able to manage, reorganize, add and delete files remotely, working on the pocket device but modifying the original archives as if the user was sitting in front of his computer. Finally, using the same technology, two or more iPhones and iPods could be connected together in peer-to-peer mode to share data, a function that had already been implemented by Microsoft in the unlucky Zune.