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ID Tags for Multimedia Selection Retrieval Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022192D
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

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Mark Kenneth Eyer: INVENTOR


The present invention describes a method and apparatus for selection and retrieval of audio/music or audio/video material from storage.

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         Sony Corporation

         Sony Electronics Inc.

         IPD #50R4862


ID Tags for Multimedia Selection Retrieval


The present invention describes a method and apparatus for selection and retrieval of audio/music or audio/video material from storage.


Mark Kenneth Eyer

Description of the Invention:

1.      Background

Traditionally, when a consumer purchases a vinyl record, Compact Disk, VHS tape, or DVD, some printed material is included, either on or in the package. This material provides pictures of the artists, details about the contents of the disk or tape, and other information. (A long time ago these were called "liner notes.") The physical box or package in which the physical disk or tape is packaged is labeled on the outside with the title of the movie or music album, like books on a shelf, so a user can easily see the title of the album or movie.

In the near future, broadband network access into and out of the home, as well as high-speed networks inside the home, will make it possible and practical for consumers to access music and a/v material not by manipulating physical media such as disks and tapes, but by accessing the material digitally via a network. A user may purchase access rights and download selections to a home server or multimedia file manager, where a personal library of content can be built and maintained. Or, the physical storage for a user's content collection may reside on a service provider's server.

When a user buys rights to a music or audio/video selection and that content is delivered to the user in digital form, the user does not have a physical representation of the content (such as a box or package). A box or package is not needed to encase the physical media, because there is no longer physical media associated in a permanent way with the a/v content. The file can reside on any media the user chooses, including hard disk, CD-RW, or any other media of choice. It can be freely moved from one storage location to another.


Even though the digital storage and networking approach has many benefits, the following problems are inherent in the common system view:

a)      The convenience of access to a user's library of a/v content by reaching for it on a shelf has been lost (of course, it is much easier not to have to manipulate the physical disk or tape).

b)      The information provided and tactile nature of the packaging material (liner notes) has been lost.

c)      It may be clumsy and inconvenient for a human user to communicate with the system to identify selections of interest, since that communication might involve the need to enter alphanumeric characters (artist or album name, etc.) on a front panel, perform tit...