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  • Will Apple Kiosks Soon Line The Land?



    Have you noticed that "the season of giving" has become a year-round phenomenon for Apple? Particularly in the world of iTunes, the marketing gurus at Apple are pulling out all the stops to ensure that we're all aware that gifts of music or apps are always in order. What's more, if you've discovered a cool app, Apple would like for you to "share" it with friends and family. Better yet, says Apple, why not "gift" the app?

    It's pretty obvious that iTunes content has become the obligatory gift you give when you don't know what else to give or when you need a last-minute present of some sort. Let's face it, the ability to gift apps is pretty cool. And an iTunes gift card is just about the most convenient and any-occasion appropriate gift one can possibly give. So it stands to reason that Apple wants to make iTunes almost as synonymous with gift-giving as it is with music and apps.

    In fact, our friends at Patently Apple have done their usual investigative work and learned that Apple may now be tinkering with a new "concept retail kiosk." The goal, naturally, would be to give customers the ability to purchase customized iTunes gift cards via kiosk in a retail environment. The options for customizing, however, wouldn't just be limited to a personalized name and message. Instead, you can also make a personal photo the background image of the gift card, which is packaged and presented as a regular gift card would be. Needless to say, the gift cards can be loaded with the dollar amount of your choosing.

    As we've seen in the past, just because Apple pursues a patent and develops an idea doesn't mean that it will ever see the light of day. And with the iPad newly released and a big year ahead for the next iPhone, it's unlikely that kiosks are near the top of Apple's priority list. Nonetheless, if iTunes gift cards continue to be the enormous cash cow they've become in recent years, perhaps we just may see a kiosk like the one pictured above at our local shopping mall before we know it.

    Image via Patently Apple
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Will Apple Kiosks Soon Line The Land? started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 13 Comments
    1. iZoom's Avatar
      iZoom -
      seems like a good idea, its in the same vein as rumors of those ipod vending machines
    1. dratk00l's Avatar
      dratk00l -
      iPod vending machines are no rumor, I was in the MGM casino last year and saw a huge vending machine for iPods and iPod Touchs. Thing took credit cards and everything. Apple branded.

      And as a side note, my local mall has a vending machine for Proactiv. Thing is massive, holds just about every product in the line.

      So to me this isn't all that surprising.
    1. converym's Avatar
      converym -
      They have electronics vending machines, ipods, psps, etc. in Macy's by me.
    1. MPS3's Avatar
      MPS3 -
      now all i need is my fake credit card

    1. SquareWheel's Avatar
      SquareWheel -
      Nobody gift me anything Apple please. I wouldn't mind a Steam game, though.
    1. ZmanGroup's Avatar
      ZmanGroup -
      that cool
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      does anyone actually buy their music from itunes anymore? honestly.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      I like it. I'd buy some!
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I don't know about "line the land". They are certainly pretty commonplace in airports, some malls, etc. basically a place where they can be squeezed in and there may not be a retailer nearby (ie, where it is more convenient to buy from the vending machine than the store). Places where impulse buys can be common and where people carry wads of cash is where I expect to see them the most. I do not think these types of machines will be replacing stores any time soon though. More like supplemental income.
    1. iphone8130hak's Avatar
      iphone8130hak -
      Why?
    1. reanimationxp's Avatar
      reanimationxp -
      +1 @skizlassy. Only seen them in Airports and casinos. Touristy places = wads of cash. Airport boredom is another key factor.. ironic though because you can't purchase actual MUSIC at the stations, making an iPod worthless. Would be cool if you could purchase tunes there too.
    1. jdyates's Avatar
      jdyates -
      Im gonna chain one of those iPod vending machines to the back of my 4x4 lol.
    1. Phillies2606's Avatar
      Phillies2606 -
      Apple vending machiness!!!