Apple patent application filed for wireless iPod+iTunes distribution

A patent application filed by Apple Computer in December 2004 covers a method of buying music or music video from an online store over a wireless network. The application was published Thursday on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Web site. The application describes an invention that allows cell phone or wireless handheld users to interact with an online music store–such as iTunes–and bookmark a song or video file that can be downloaded to a computer at a later time.

Macsimum News has more details and drawings here.

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17 Comments

  1. Is it really news when Apple applies for a patent? Companies patent every silly idea that passes through their collective heads these days, whether or not they actually plan to do anything with it. They have to — if they don’t, someone else will.

    How many patents have we seen from Apple that have come to exactly crap? The “chameleon case” comes to mind.

  2. Amazing the constant whining about what MDN posts here. Perhaps we should take a poll and see what exaclty qualifies as Mac news. It would be interesting to see.

    Maybe some people only want a posting when Apple releaes a product.
    That sure would make for a boring website.

  3. Amen. Enough with these Apple patent blurbs. Ya can’t do a damn thing with a patent till it is made into a commercial product, and the product is the real deal. Oh, sure, there’s the old “gotta protect my intellectual property and really good idea” ploy, but please, enough of the “woulda, coulda shoulda, maybe, if, and when” malarkey. Jus’ calm down and wait fer August 2006, unless yer Microsoft which means some other time 20XX.

  4. Amen Andy!!

    If you don’t want to read articles about new patents or some other topic — don’t click on them when you read the title. Like Duh-h-h-h.

    When you buy a newspaper or magazine — do you feel that you need to read every article?

    Some of us may be interested in topics that you aren’t and vice versa. That’s life.

  5. What I’d like is a radio with wireless and iTunes built-in.

    Examples:

    1. The radio that mounts under the kitchen cabinet: have wireless a/b/g, a small amount of buffer cache (32 or 64MB kinda like the iPod buffers from the hard drive), NO hard drive (a la hd-based iPod), no large flash memory (a la Nano), asmall screen (like the iPod) for selecting the iTunes share, playlists, etc. I just want to be able to put a radio in the kitchen (for example) that will play my playlists.

    2. A small radio for bedroom, etc. It would have the same characteristics of #1 above. Maybe also a headphone jack you could use to plug in external speakers. Maybe make it an alarm clock too. Something that would also do fine in the garage. And as a small wireless media device (not just listening to iTunes music but watching your iTunes video). Maybe one without video and one with video to sit next to a small TV in a work room or something. A remote would be nice, kinda like the iPod in a dock can use a remote even though you can’t see the small screen from across the room.

    3. A “component” for a home stereo/theater system that has wireless (with connector for external antenna for better reception in typical home stereo/theater setups. Airtunes is not the same. This device would have those same characteristics as #1 but maybe with 128MB buffer or something. Remote too. Video output for the display/screen to show up on a TV, which would also be required to play any videos that are also in iTunes. I don’t really like how things like DirecTV make you turn on the TV to see info about what music is playing so I’d like to see the small display on this component.

    Numbers 1 and 2 should NOT cost as much as the iPod Hi-Fi. Number 3 may. These should also be able to play purchased iTunes songs. Not sure how the device would be “authorized” to play such content.

  6. wonderboy:

    Like, maybe I don’t click on the patent blurb links because it’s always the same story with a few new words or phrases. Duh. Kinda like, ya know, going to yer local grocery store and, like, only finding Wonderbread on the shelf, wonderboy. Duh. Like, maybe some people may actually prefer whole wheat. Duh. Like, maybe some people who don’t care to read about patent nonsense simply want other more relevant and timely news relating to commercial product releases, ya know. Duh. Kinda like people who overuse “Duh”, “Like”, and “Ya know” in communicating, but, hey, if you, like, don’t enjoy the monotony and tedium of constant repetition, like, duh, don’t read the post, ya know, so I don’t. However, as a free American citizen, I can still complain about the selection and quality of articles MDN chooses to post.

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