Thursday, November 23, 2006

OT: Apple Corners the Podcast Market

Apple had three patent applications disclosed, no less, concerning podcasts. It seems they are staking out their territory here:

United States Patent Application 20060265637
Kind Code A1

Marriott; Greg ; et al.

November 23, 2006

Utilization of podcasts on portable media devices

Abstract
Improved techniques to facilitate use of podcasts on a portable media device are disclosed. A podcast to be played can be located on the portable media device and then played for the benefit of a user. According to one aspect, a podcast can be located on the portable media device using hierarchical menus. According to another aspect, metadata for a podcast can be displayed while the podcast is being played. The metadata can be changed in response to user input or can be dynamically changed without user input.

Inventors: Marriott; Greg; (Palo Alto, CA) ; Boettcher; Jesse; (San Jose, CA) ; Atwell; Richard; (Cupertino, CA) ; Heller; David; (San Jose, CA) ; Jawa; Amandeep; (San Francisco, CA)

Correspondence Name and Address:
BEYER WEAVER & THOMAS, LLP
P.O. BOX 70250
OAKLAND
CA
94612-0250
US

Assignee Name and Adress:
Apple Computer, Inc.
Serial No.:
166333
Series Code: 11
Filed: June 25, 2005
U.S. Current Class: 715/500.1
U.S. Class at Publication:715/500.1
Intern'l Class: G06F 17/00 20060101 G06F017/00; G06F 15/00 20060101 G06F015/00; G06F 17/21 20060101 G06F017/21

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United States Patent Application 20060265503
Kind Code A1

Jones; Anne ; et al.

November 23, 2006

Techniques and systems for supporting podcasting

Abstract
Improved podcasts and techniques that facilitate their use are disclosed. The improved techniques can pertain to creating, publishing, hosting, accessing, subscribing, managing, transferring, and/or playing podcasts. According to one aspect, a client application can subscribe to podcasts and then automatically monitor the podcasts for updates to be downloaded. In the event that user interest in a podcast becomes inadequate, downloading of further updates can be restricted. According to another aspect, a podcast can be subscribed to through use of a portable subscription file. According to still another aspect, podcast feeds can be enhanced to include segment elements and other metadata.

Inventors: Jones; Anne; (Emerald Hills, CA) ; Dowdy; Thomas; (Sunnyvale, CA) ; Robbin; Jeffrey; (Los Altos, CA) ; Wiese; Mike; (Cupertino, CA) ; Davis; Stephen; (Los Gatos, CA)
Correspondence Name and Address:
BEYER WEAVER & THOMAS, LLP
P.O. BOX 70250
OAKLAND
CA
94612-0250
US

Assignee Name and Adress:
Apple Computer, Inc.

Serial No.: 166331
Series Code: 11
Filed: June 25, 2005
U.S. Current Class: 709/227
U.S. Class at Publication: 709/227
Intern'l Class: G06F 15/16 20060101 G06F015/16

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United States Patent Application 20060265409
Kind Code A1

Neumann; David Lawrence ; et al.

November 23, 2006

Acquisition, management and synchronization of podcasts

Abstract
Improved techniques that facilitate use of podcasts are disclosed. The improved techniques can pertain to creating, publishing, hosting, accessing, subscribing, managing, transferring, and/or playing podcasts. According to one aspect, a client application can facilitate discovery of a podcast of interest from a plurality of podcasts, subscribe to the podcast of interest, and provide subsequent management of the podcast of interest. The management of the podcast of interest can include acquiring updated podcast data with little or no user interaction required. According to another aspect, some or all podcasts locally available to a client application can be copied (e.g., synchronized) with a portable media device so that the podcasts can be conveniently available and played by either the client application or the portable media device.

Inventors:
Neumann; David Lawrence; (Portland, OR) ; Verosub; Ellis M.; (San Francisco, CA) ; Mirrashidi; Payam; (San Francisco, CA) ; Milller; Mark; (Hermosa Beach, CA) ; Leffert; Jonathan; Mountain View, CA)

Correspondence Name and Address:
BEYER WEAVER & THOMAS, LLP
P.O. BOX 70250
OAKLAND
CA
94612-0250
US

Assignee Name and Adress:
Apple Computer, Inc.

Serial No.: 166332
Series Code: 11
Filed: June 25, 2005
U.S. Current Class: 707/100
U.S. Class at Publication: 707/100
Intern'l Class: G06F 7/00 20060101 G06F007/00; G06F 17/00 20060101 G06F017/00

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