“Microsoft is close to patenting a technology that, for all intents and purposes, makes a Tivo out of your digital media player,” Lisa DiCarlo reports for Forbes. “The technology can create autogenerated playlists of various types of media based on usage patterns, with no intervention from the user. So if 1970s funk music is your thing, a portable MP3 player would generate such playlists on your behalf.”
“The patent has been the focus on media reports this week that suggest a connection between a digital media patent filed months later by Apple Computer,” DiCarlo reports. “The reports suggest that some component of the iPod interface may be infringing on Microsoft’s patent, and that Apple may be forced to pay royalties to Microsoft on millions of iPod units sold. In truth, the patents in question might not even be directly related.”
DiCarlo reports, “Microsoft’s patent has been winding its way through the system and is expected to be approved by year’s end. A Microsoft spokesperson couldn’t say whether the technology has yet worked its way into any Microsoft products. Presumably, these would be music, spoken word or even video that use the Windows Media Player.”
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