The other day I was walking along the street and I passed a shop that was playing one of my favorite songs. I wanted to stop and linger, just to enjoy the rest of the song, but I was on my way to meet some people, and I didn’t want to keep them waiting.
Yet I thought to myself “Why can’t I take the song with me?” I know there is software that can recognize a song from just a few bars, so there is no technical barrier that would prevent, say, a smart phone from “picking up” any music in the vicinity.
Wouldn’t it be nice if you were walking down the street, and whenever you heard a song you like, you could just pick it up and take it with you, so that it continues to play on your own portable music player?
Of course this defeats the goal of the store owners, who are playing that yummy music precisely to entice you to go into their store and linger a while. But somehow I think they would survive. 🙂