According to Mac OS Rumors, Apple is working on a wireless iPod. The wi-fi iPod would reportedly have networking capabilities such as the ability to directly interface with Airport Express base stations and purchase music from the iTunes Music Store.
“This ties in with Apple’s recent “Vingle” trademark in several very exciting ways. From Apple’s own trademark description:
“Telecommunication services, namely electronic transmission of streamed and downloadable audio and video files via computer and other communications networks. An audio entertainment service that may be available in retail stores.”
We believe that “Vingle” stands for a combination between “Video” and “Mingle”….that is, a networked community of Apple customers ‘mingling’ at an Apple Retail Store or other Vingle-equipped location, sharing public-domain A/V content such as podcasts and vidcasts, and getting direct high-speed access to Apple’s copy-protected content offerings.
The socialization angle is something we’re curious how Apple will approach; several social-networking technology developers have been hired recently by Cupertino and we presume that “Vingle” won’t just be about downloading and file-sharing at Apple retail locations — but also about social networking ala MySpace, Flickr, et al. from anywhere in the world.”