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iPhone as ticketing system detailed in patent

Patently Apple today published a patent by Apple that details an “iTunes based web service for tickets that will naturally enhance the iTunes music empire.”  The iPhone and Mac application “Concert Ticket” would allow all facets of the ticketing process to happen automatically.  

The advantages of Apple’s system include electronic maps to the event, electronic distribution of tickets through email or other means, song lyrics, refreshments, the ability to purchase a live recording of the concert or other content, parking and finding people. 

It doesn’t stop with Music concert tickets.  Apple lays out plans for sporting events, weddings and conventions (like WWDC, pictured but not scheduled officially yet). 

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