Review: iPhone--Music & Wi-Fi Come Together
November 16, 2007
Purchasing music on the iPhone truly is an on-the-go experience, provided you're within reach of a hotspot.
What may have been the biggest flaw in the iPhone has been corrected. A few weeks ago, as quietly as a thief in the night, Apple gave a new iPhone update. A new, purple icon appeared on our screens: iTunes. The company made downloadable music on-the-go available, something that competing phones had for years. It is a solid, reliable service, but there are a few caveats.
First, purchasing is truly on the go provided you happen have access to a Wi-Fi hotspot. AT&T's maple syrup EDGE network isn't up to the task of downloading 5 MB songs and, frankly, Apple probably protected our sanity by not providing the EDGE option. Instead, you'll have to stay in Wi-Fi range.
Getting on Wi-Fi can be a bit tricky, at least if you miss the one opportunity the iPhone gives you from time to time. Go to a Wi-Fi spot, turn on the iPhone and go to the Internet browser. The iPhone will give a list of all the Wi-Fi networks in range. Click on your favorite one.