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COMPATIBILITY: Xbox 360 to work with a wide range of Microsoft and non-Microsoft mobile devices?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 22.05.05 - 14:31:25 CET under 01 - General News - Viewed 10876x
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Does a dream comes true? According to the Mac Observer, Microsoft has confirmed that its Xbox 360 video game console will synch with and view files stored on a variety of devices, including Apple's iPod, PDAs and Bluetooth enabled mobile phones. The capability, revealed at last week's unveiling, was discussed in further detail by Shane Kim of Microsoft's Xbox 360 division:

"We're going to integrate really well with the devices and content that people already have stored on other devices," he explained. "We demonstrated that you'll be able to access your photos and your music that's stored on other devices, CD players, an iPod, even a PSP."

The Xbox 360 will also be able to access and work with popular PDA and Bluetooth devices, such as Palm's products and Bluetooth-enabled cell phones, via its incorporated technologies. "You've got content stored on those devices. We can access it and we can play it from the Xbox 360 on your TV," said Mr. Kim.

Now I wonder if Shane hasn't mentioned Microsoft's own Pocket PCs and Smartphones at all or if the Mac Observer have left it (because they are Apple products focused)? Okay, let's assume the best case that the Xbox 360 will work perfectly with all Windows Mobile devices, such as Pocket PCs, Smartphones and Portable Media Centers and I'm sure it will support Microsoft's Windows Media 10 DRM (aka Janus) to play DRM protected files from msn music or Yahoo! Music but can it become true that the 360 will also support Apples DRM protected AAC files from the iTunes Music Store to play it from a connected Apple iPod?

A lot of speculation right now but these rumors sounds promising. :-)

Cheers ~ Arne

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