Apple Files Patent That Lets You Share Music By Tapping iPhones Together

A patent dug up by Patently Apple introduces the idea of “gifting” songs from one iPhone to another.

If a friend of yours likes a song that you currently have on your iPhone, you’d be able to send it to him via a built in Near Field Communication (NFC) chip and Apple will bill you for the cost of the song through iTunes.

It’s an interesting idea, but the real news is that this suggests a next-generation iPhone will be NFC-capable. Apple will hardly be the first company to use this technology in its devices, but with mobile being such a huge part of its business, it’s in a position to take NFC from the fringe and bring it to the mainstream.

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