The iPhone and integrated iTunes support has been the talk of the town for the past couple (or so) years. Apple got it in packaging music, video and application downloads into a single platform that’s already in widespread use. And, once again, Microsoft is looking to follow Apple’s lead. Zune functionality is indeed coming to Windows Mobile. Unfortunately, Windows Mobile fans will have to wait for Windows Mobile 7 before they’ll see integrated Zune functionality.
WMPowerUser is reporting that Windows Mobile 7 will allow users to wirelessly download music from the Zune Store. Over the air (OTA) downloads via a cellular data connection will apparently be billed through the carrier/operator, making it easy to download and pay for music. It’s not clear, however, if OTA downloads through a carrier’s network will cost more than music downloaded via WiFi.
If the carriers are indeed involved in billing for music downloads, we could see a future where carriers bundle a subscription to Zune music with an unlimited data package. Unlimited data bundled with unlimited OTA music? Yes, please (on the iPhone, if possible).