The final settlement of a dispute between Apple the computer company and Apple the Beatle's music company could lead to the development of new physical formats.

Over on Wired's blog, Leander Kahney suggests that the final settlement of a dispute between Apple the computer company and Apple the Beatle's music company could lead to the development of new physical formats. Leander says we could see cheap flash-card devices preloaded with music being sold by Apple (the computer company):

Flash-memory drives are now so cheap, software companies are starting to use them to ship software. H&R Block, for example, is selling the latest version of its tax-preparation software on a flash drive for $40 — the same price as the CD version. How much would it cost Apple to add a few music chips and some cheap earbuds?

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