2008's killer services

On your mobile, in your console, TV to WiFi – there are a host of killer services heading your way in 08... Facebook Music StoreRumours suggest

On your mobile, in your console, TV to WiFi – there are a host of killer services heading your way in 08...

Facebook Music Store

Rumours suggest that Facebook will be launching a direct competitor to iTunes in the new year. But that, unfortunately, is where details end. One thing you can be sure of is a Last.FM-style social networking aspect, allowing others to see what downloads you’ve made and strike up relationships based on music tastes.

Contact: Facebook

McDonald’s Wi-Fi

It’s already a hit in the states, and if there’s anything that’ll drag the enlightened gadgeteer back into a McDonalds, it’s the promise of free internet with their lump of MSG and grease. Sadly, unlike in the States it looks as though we’ll have to pay to use the BT Openzone-powered hotspots.

Contact: McDonalds

London Underground Mobile

It’s been promised since 2004, but 2008 seems to be the year that Londoners will be able to get on the blower even when they’re tens of metres under the ground. Is this a good thing? Isn’t the underground unpleasant enough already without city traders completing furious transactions in your ears?

Contact: TFL

Xbox IPTV

Announced back in January, the Xbox IPTV surface will surface early in 2008 – and we can’t wait. The new Xbox Elite’s 120GB hard-disk makes it the perfect PVR for streamed content which, we’ve been promised, will be full of established TV goodness. Let’s hope it’s not all US sitcom pap.

Contact: Xbox