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Remembering CD options

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000014247D
Original Publication Date: 2000-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention is a new device which is a small sticky magnetic "donut" that is applied to the back side of the CD. (The side that is painted with the album title...) A new CD player will have the capability to read information from this CD and write information to this sticky on the CD. This way if the CD is played on a different player that also has this feature, the programming of the CD player will be automatic. Eventually, this magnetic ring will likely be built into the CD, but for existing CDs the magnetic donut would be purchased separately and come with a simple applicator that fits in the hole of the CD to perfectly align the magnetic donut. So all the user needs to do is peel off the back and thread the applicator in the hole and stick the donut on the CD. Now that the CD has been converted into a hybrid CD, when it is put into the player and the machine is programmed to play the user's favorite tracks, the user can press a button to save these options. Now when the CD is inserted into the player again, the player will try to read the donut and if it can it will program the CD player and start to play the CD.