07. 28. 2006
Jet-set downloadable content at the airport
Those kids at Springwise tipped me off to a new kiosk in the duty free section of Amsterdam's Airport Schiphol. The airport has helped launch a store selling music, videos, and books in useful digital formats. In spite of boasting one of the worst flash based websites on the internet, Fuel for Travel is offering an interesting and much looked for service.
Content falls into two categories: Entertainment and travel guides. If it's your first time in Amsterdam you'll be able to buy guide books, maps, and language lessons delivered straight to your electronic device. Top 40 music and TV shows from Dutch producers are available. American audiences would be familiar with MTV and Nickelodeon who have partnered with FfT by offering most of their current lineup. Feature length movie support is set to be launched at a later date, but the service does have many mobile phone games currently for sale.
Supported devices are mostly Samsung, but Blackberry, Creative, I-River and HP have phones and video players on the list as well. Samsung is a partner in the endeavor and their video players and phones are available for purchase at the kiosk.
One caveat to consider: there's no iPod video support due to Apple's annoying DRM restrictions.