Method to Subset Songs To Be Played Next By MP3 Players
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-08
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-08
This article describes a novel way to subset songs to be played next by an MP3 player.
Method to Subset Songs To Be Played Next By MP 3 Players
MP3 players with hard drives have become extremely popular over the last several years. One of the key reasons for their popularity is that they allow a user to randomly shuffle thru thousands of songs.
Most players already allow users to shuffle thru pre-defined playlist as well as songs grouped by "genre", "artist", and "album". What's missing however is an easy way to randomly shuffle thru all songs, and then, at some point, subset the songs being shuffled to only those that belong to the currently playing songs "genre", "artist", or "album". One can argue that most people don't know what they're in the mood to listen to until they hear it. Once they do, they need an easy way to say that they want to hear more of the same.
MP3 players need a quick and easy way for the user, while randomly listening to music, to change the shuffle mode to only play music "associated" with the currently playing song. A key component to understanding this invention is agreeing that while someone is randomly listening to music, they all of a sudden want to play music "associated" with the current song. This feature would be enabled with the use of a programmable button.
This invention not only covers claims associated with playing "associated tunes" but more importantly the physical button on MP3 players that allow for this feature.
A programmable button would be added to MP3 players. The button would be user configurable to...