I've been pushing for the service providers to offer music downloads on their handsets.
I've been pushing for the service providers to offer music downloads on their handsets. In fact, Sprint recently announced such a service. The idea really came to the forefront (for me at least) with the introduction of the Apple/Moto/Cingular ROKR phone. Since that introduction, various similar phones have hit the market.
At first glance, it seems like the perfect combination: I hear a song somewhere, and I instantly download it to my handset (which, theoretically, now doubles as my primary MP3 player). That's the signal Sprint is trying to send, as evidenced by the commercial I saw on TV last night. The guy in the commercial downloaded a song in about three or four seconds. If that's the way it really worked, I'd be a happy camper (assuming the price for the download wasn't prohibitive).
However, knowing the bandwidth of the current 2.5G network, I'm well aware that you can't download a full song in anything approaching that time frame. As backup, how about building a phone-MP3 player combo that can pull songs down from a wireless LAN? That way, I can go into Starbucks and download my music there. This would be a good interim solution, until our 3G networks are up and running in the US.