The Sony PSP will soon be getting a firmware update (v3.80) turning the portable game console into a walking streaming Internet Radio player.
Dave Zatz points out that interestingly enough, the screenshot says “Powered by SHOUTcast” - which is produced by an AOL subsidiary. Odd since Sony just loves to play only within its own ecosystem (and tends to fail as a result). The update will currently only be available in Japan, but it's a safe bet to say it's coming stateside sometime in the near future.
Not a threat? Consider the fact that there's nearly 10 million PSPs in the hands of U.S. consumers. And Sony could be waking up to the fact that there's a lot more potential to the PSP than just games.
Mark Ramsey puts it perfectly:
"What we're witnessing is alchemy in action: The slow and steady transformation of non-radios into radios via integration with the Internet. This will be limited only by the availability of devices which are Internet-connected, and there is no limit to those devices, from cars to refrigerators to game systems to clocks."
The next three years are going to be very interesting.