The reality is that satellite radio is a legitimate entertainment medium and, consequently, as a matter of course, it gets mentioned in many (perhaps most) applications that involve audio or even video entertainment. Satellite radio is mentioned so often in patent applications that I don't bother to read most of them. If one searches the patent applications for the term "satellite radio", one would find 1,128 results.
Here are 3 Microsoft patents that mention satellite radio:
|1||7,117,286||Portable computing device-integrated appliance|
|2||6,996,390||Smart car radio|
|3||6,993,615||Portable computing device-integrated appliance|
Plus, there are 4 Microsoft patent applications that mention satellite radio:
|1||20060177046||Dynamic Volume Control|
|2||20060146185||Software-based audio rendering|
|3||20060126866||Dynamic Volume Control|
|7||20040260682||System and method for identifying content and managing information corresponding to objects in a signal|
Surely, there is a buyout/convergence in the making ...NOT! Everybody, get a grip.
Will there be a convergence of satellite radio and other devices such as the iPod, GPSs, PDAs, pocket PCs, computers, etc.? Certainly. Someday. Perhaps sooner than we think. But the recent Apple patent application has little relevance to satellite radio and certainly should not be construed as an imminent deal between Apple and satellite radio. It might happen tomorrow, but not because of this latest patent application.
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