A patent filed by Apple suggests the company may start offering the ability to gift songs to friends via a future iPhone, using Near Field Communication (NFC). Published by the US Patent & Trademark Office on April 26, the patent talks specially about transferring digital media content from one user’s account to another.
NFC — a feature not current available on any iDevice — would allow you to make the transfer by simply tapping devices together. For sharing gifts with people you’re not standing next to, purchases could also be transferred via email.
Gifts could be sent along with a personal voice message, as well as an image. So you could send a friend or loved one a singing telegram along with a copy of your favorite song. The sender would only be charged for a song once the receiver decides to download it.
If your account doesn’t have enough cash to cover the transaction, those receiving the gift will also be given the option to cover the balance of the purchase and download it anyway. While that may be awkward for actual gift giving, it could come in handy when a friend loves a song you’re playing at a party and wants to to tap their phone against yours to purchase the track for themselves.
In addition to sending individual tracks, the patent suggests that Apple will allow users you share playlists with others -– like a modern day version of the mix tape — for a yet-to-be-determined fee.
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