Apple rumour season is in full swing, with Bloomberg reporting that the company is planning to include Near-Field Communication technology (NFC) in its upcoming new iPhones and iPads. That would allow users to pay for goods and services in the real world by touching their devices to readers, Oyster Card-style. What’s more, the technology would presumably be linked to people’s iTunes accounts, and thus their credit cards / bank accounts. There’s potential for music here – from buying merchandise at gigs to signing up for mailing lists (as the name implies, NFC is about communication with other devices and readers, not just payments). You can get NFC add-ons for iPhones now to do this kind of thing, but building it into the device and linking it to iTunes would be powerful.

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