Apple’s patent posits broadcast services that will be made available from iTunes that will work with a new add-on accessory for the iPod and iPhone. The proposed accessory would “also work with Yahoo and Microsoft subscription services”, MacNN claims.
The report adds that another similar accessory that will be available for the iPod later this year from a third party, potentially PacketVideo.
A very broad overview of the patent description suggests the technology would enable users to access broadcasts (music, video, whatever) using the internet, alongside conventional TV and radio broadcasts and their digital equivalents. It also appears users would be able to set their devices to scan for broadcasts on specific topics, or ‘tags’.