At CES I saw something about a music kiosk that allows anyone to record audio CDs or download audio content to their mp3 player at a retail location.
Early on at LDS Audio we explored pre-loading iPods with audio content, but we found that the pre-loaded content would be erased when someone hooked up their iPod to their own computer and registered it.
Does anyone know if there is a way to pre-load iPods with audio now, without losing it later, or how these Music Kiosks will work. Will they allow you to copy mp3 files onto any mp3 player (including an iPod) without messing up the home computer connection?
eWeek has an interesting article about the concept of Music Kiosks and what Starbucks and other large retailers are doing/considering doing.
One very interesting point the article makes at the end is that college students and recent grads seem to have little interest in music kiosks, since they can go online and get all the content they want at home.
But I’m not sure that older consumers would like kiosks either, since hooking up an mp3 player to a kiosk might be difficult.
Any thoughts? Has anyone tried a music kiosk? Was it a good experience? Bad? What would make it better?