Reports have surfaced today that Apple have this week secured the patent for a new service that could transform the way we obtain music on the go.

According to Apple commentator 9to5mac.com the new function "will allow you to buy some music and other iTunes content even when offline." Our understanding is if you're on the tube and want to buy the album you just saw plastered on the wall as you waited on the platform your device doesn't necessarily need to be connected to the internet.

Apple will likely achieve this by proactively guessing which of the new releases you would most likely be interested in buying and pushing them through to your device which you could then unlock with pre-loaded credit.

As so often seen with Apple, although the concept has been patented the technology may not actually exist, while the lack of demand for such a service could mean it doesn't see the light of day either.