Apple patent promises iTunes remote access

iPhones and the iPod touch may one day be able to access their user’s entire music library using the internet while away from their home computer, Apple’s latest to be revealed patent filing suggests.

The filing notes that downloading media from a computer to a media player takes time and is limited by storage capacity. This means users may not have the content they want to listen to or view when out and about. The solution?

“A personal computer can be turned on and connected to the Internet to enable a portable device to access the media items stored on the personal computer,” Apple explains, adding that the files could then delete themselves from the portable device once the user is done listening to or viewing them.
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