Originally Posted by CrazyPhuD
While people may not like it, the ability to download to mobile devices will be gone within a few years. Possibly sooner.
I agree, to some extent. We may be branching off topic a bit here, but ah well.
I'd love to see a move more towards a world where your data follows you around, and Google probably has the best chance of making that happen. You could argue that so far Apple has come the closest. You can have a computer, iPhone, iPod, and iPad, with some level to integration between them.
On some devices, it might make sense to have all your media stored physically (computer, iPod), but others not so much (phone, tablet).
But as we branch out from having one device to more, companies have to start creating ways to "handoff" data between them. A small example, but one that drives me crazy every single day. If I'm talking on Facebook Chat with someone at my desk, I should be able to open up Facebook on my phone and transition seamlessly. And then back again. I'm sure most people never realize or bother to need this functionality, but it drives me insane. Once in a blue moon it works as I want.
Why are we still having to plug iPods physically into our computers? If I go for a run with my iPod, or listen to podcasts in the car, and then come home to my laptop, I shouldn't have to plug my iPod in to sync the two up to date on what's been played. Imagine if your email worked that way.
Obviously, social networks and media offer the most obvious and easiest applications, but it applies to nearly everything.
THAT'S the stuff that impresses me - especially when you start talking about having four devices you use everyday. If Google or Apple would start focusing more on improving the relationship between using your tablet, phone, and laptop every day, I'd be far more impressed than with more RAM and FFCs.