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InMotion offers music in airports for the forgetful traveler

October 27, 2008 |  2:47 pm

Pff_monitor2333 It happens to even the most prepared traveler: You get to the airport, turn on your iPod, and think, "Gah! I forgot to update my iPod and all I have on it are old Christina Aguilera songs! However will I weather the flight to Nashville?"

Previously, the only solution to this quandary was to download new songs using WiFi on your computer and then transfer them to your iPod (unless you have a phone that lets you purchase songs from it). But now, travelers can go to InMotion kiosks at 20 airports across the country (including LAX) and buy digital music, then plug their iPods or other devices into the kiosk and download the tunes. For now the songs are only from the catalog of one record label, EMI, but still, it's an improvement.

InMotion kiosks already offers free downloads of travel podcasts, sample periodicals from and some music, but EMI will be the first major label to offer paid music downloads. EMI represents artists such as Coldplay, Al Green and Katy Perry, which means now the forgetful traveler will be stuck in a different situation: at the airport, a few dollars the poorer at an InMotion kiosk, thinking, "Gah! I just downloaded the song "I Kissed a Girl" and am going to have it in my head the whole flight to Nashville!"

-- Alana Semuels

Photo: Even hairy arms can now buy music in airports. Credit: InMotion