The iPhone? Not From Apple…

While people are still waiting around for the iTunes phone from Apple, it looks like other startups are forging ahead and showing both the carriers and the recording industry how a mobile music service can work — including such ideas as “dual downloads” where any song you buy is downloaded twice: one full version for your computer and one compressed version for your phone. It’s good that these companies are pushing the envelope (and, as Om Malik says, showing the recording industry how it’s done), but it still doesn’t seem particularly revolutionary. There’s still something missing to make any of these services really click. Recognizing the networked nature of the phone is a start, but mobile music services have to do more to really catch on.

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