“Broadly speaking, Apple’s invention describes at least a media apparatus that provides an end user of a personal media player a pleasurable listening and unencumbered experience during physical activity,” Purcher reports. “The portable communication device described in Apple’s invention could be equipped to carry out various multimedia and other types of personal communication functions. In one embodiment, the portable communication device could take the form of an iPod nano but could take on other forms such as an iPhone or iPod touch.”
Purcher reports, “The listening device could include a single listening a single or double component such as an ear bud(s) that could be detachably coupled to a corded portion by way of a detachable connector. The detachable connector could take many forms. For example, the detachable connector could be mechanical nature and rely upon a clip, fastener, and the like to secure the listening device to the corded portion.”
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