Virgin Megastore is testing out the MusiKube Personal Music Guide at their store in San Francisco. The MusiKube is a customized wireless Pocket PC which connects back to a server that shoppers can carry around with them in the store and use to scan the bar codes on CDs and listen to samples of songs and read album reviews and other information. [Gizmodo]
Interesting though I don’t really see the difference or need for this compared to the system in use at Barnes and Noble which lets you listen to any CD by swiping it’s barcode at any end-cap display unit. I guess it’s nice to have the unit in your hand, but I can’t see this being that cost efficient for them. In fact, it might continue to justify the $18.99 I see all to often on CDs.