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Method for in-store digital media distribution

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000220465D
Publication Date: 2012-Jul-31
Document File: 1 page(s) / 106K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method to synchronize a physical media item with a digital copy on a customer’s mobile device or in their media library at the time of purchase. When a customer purchases a physical media item in a brick and mortar store (or possible online store location), the digital download of the media is started to a customer’s device or media library.

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Method for in-store digital media distribution

When a customer purchases a physical media item, there is often a digital copy of the media made available. Often, users do not actively pursue accessing the digital copy immediately after purchase and have a tendency to lose the required information for accessing the digital copy later. There is a need to have the digital copy synchronized with a customer's device or media library immediately during purchase.

When a customer purchases a physical media item in a brick and mortar store (or possible online store location), the digital download of the media is started to a customer's device or media library.

During the purchase of a media product, a smartphone barcode or card (credit card or rewards card) is scanned. The merchant then sends a notice to the media library provider to enable access to the media for download to either the customer's media library or media capable device (e.g., smart phone, tablet, PC, etc.).

An established link between the merchant's database, media distributor database, and the digital library provider(s) (e.g. iTunes) is needed in order for this procedure to exist. For example, the media distributor needs to communicate with or notify the digital library provider(s) as to what media is accessible to users. The media distributor then needs to coordinate with the merchant to indicate which products have an associated digital copy available. Therefore, when a user purchases an item that inc...