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Method for In-Place Specification of Audio Compact Disk Playlist

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000118723D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 41K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bardon, DD: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for in-place specification of an audio Compact Disk (CD) playlist. This is a very simple but effective and unique solution. In-place specification is achieved by placing individual toggle controls next to each track in the displayed playlist. The playlist is then defined to include all tracks that are toggled ON and to exclude all tracks that are toggled OFF.

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Method for In-Place Specification of Audio Compact Disk Playlist

      Disclosed is a method for in-place specification of an audio
Compact Disk (CD) playlist.  This is a very simple but effective and
unique solution.  In-place specification is achieved by placing
individual toggle controls next to each track in the displayed
playlist.  The playlist is then defined to include all tracks that
are toggled ON and to exclude all tracks that are toggled OFF.

      In today's graphical user interfaces, there are several
interface devices for playing audio CDs (e.g., Windows95* CD Player,
CD Essentials, etc.).  Each of these devices supports some extent of
playlist editing by which users may specify which tracks to play on
an audio CD.  However, each of these interfaces requires users to
perform multiple actions to eliminate a track from the playlist or to
subsequently add it back to the playlist.  This presents a cluttered
interface with much information for users to parse.  It also requires
extra steps in which users must deal with selecting an item from one
list and then adding it to another.  The present solution is better
because it allows in-place specification of the tracks in a playlist,
with a single pointer action, and a much cleaner user interface.
Furthermore, the mechanism and effect of the toggle control are far
more intuitive than a dialog with Add/Remove lists.

This is illustrated in the Figure below:

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