From CrunchGear comes word that Research in Motion may have purchased MusicGremlin, the makers of the first Wi Fi music player, and are getting ready to release a Blackberry with music.
It’s all rumors at this point, driven by MusicGremlin’s strange absence since their somewhat innovative and almost virtually ignored device hit the market in early 2006. Bigger players have gotten a lot more ink Recently, Sansa announced the Connect, due for March retail, which will hopefully incorporate Rhapsody’s Channels feature along with other download services.
And much has been made of the Zune’s wireless capability, though unlike MusicGremlin, you can’t buy music wirelessly with Microsoft’s iPod-wannabe, only share it with other users (and from all accounts, that feature also sucks).
Speaking of Zune, the other cool rumor of the day also comes from CrunchGear – a “sound tip” that Microsoft is working on a Zune phone. Writes Blake Robinson:
It will be a smartphone that works homogeneously with the Zune marketplace. It will most likely not, however, run Windows Mobile. Rather it’ll make use of an interface similar to the current Zune, an interface that I consider among the best available on audio players—I’m sure it can transition to a phone easily.
There’s also XBox 360 video streaming planned, which lines up nicely with that gaming devices built-in video download capabilities. As much as I detested the Zune’s execution at rollout, one must remember that it usually takes Big Redmond two or three swings of the bat before they hit the long ball. Remember Windows? After all, the code name for Windows 95 was Macintosh 84.