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Wireless sharing of audio files and related information

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Wireless sharing of audio files and related information


A system and method are disclosed for wireless sharing of audio sounds among a plurality of users. A user of the present invention can communicate his or her audio sounds to other users, who can receive the audio sounds wirelessly and choose to rebroadcast them. Along with the audio sound files users can share information regarding the audio sounds being shared, such as title, artist, collection, genre, year, encoding rate, size, playlist, and other desired information. The user of device can opt to set the device to transmit, re-transmit, broadcast, re-broadcast, receive or not to receive play-list information in addition to the audio sound files and the information regarding the audio sounds themselves.

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Inventors: Min-Liang Tan, Hoe Chan, Terence Tang
USPTO Applicaton #: #20120275618 - Class: 381 80 (USPTO) - 11/01/12 - Class 381 
Electrical Audio Signal Processing Systems And Devices > One-way Audio Signal Program Distribution >Multiple Channel

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The Patent Description & Claims data below is from USPTO Patent Application 20120275618, Wireless sharing of audio files and related information.

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FIELD OF THE INVENTION

The present invention relates generally to the field of wireless communications, and more particularly to wireless communication of audio and related data among devices.

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

Many prior art media devices can receive radio broadcasts from such sources such as FM, AM or satellite broadcasts. With respect to headphones, wireless headphones receive music from media devices via a variety of methods, such as infra-red transmission, 25 mhz radio or 2.4 ghz radio transmission technologies such as Bluetooth. Media devices can transfer media files such as music and/or video files wirelessly between other similar media devices via similar methods. The transferring of such files is usually from one storage medium to another.

Despite certain advantages of the foregoing, wired headphones and/or earbuds suffer from limitations. Some such systems allow one user to share the music experience by passing one wired headphone or earbud to a third party. This shared experience, however, does not allow the third party to experience the full stereo experience of the music. Headphone adapter jacks exist for two wired headphones to be connected to the same media device but this also requires both users to be tethered close to the same media device. Shared music by transfer of media files from one storage medium to other storage medium often infringes upon third party intellectual property rights.

Most prior art wireless headphones do not allow users to share music from the same media device such as an MP3 player. Wireless headphones are also limited to the range of the wireless transmitter—consequently, users using wireless headphones cannot be too far from the source. Also, general transmission techniques such as Bluetooth are generally accessible to anyone having the capability to receive that data.

Audio sound files (e.g., music, news broadcasts, podcasts, etc.) can of course be generated by a variety of devices such as a digital media player like the iPod®, a CD player or even a radio transmitting commercial radio broadcasts. Prior art teaching regarding sharing of such audio sounds received from such devices present is limited. A device which emits audio sounds can have two pairs of headphones tethered to the same device. Other devices may employ a wireless transmission of audio sounds, e.g. for a radio station, more than one person can listen to the radio broadcast by tuning their radio receiver to the proper radio frequency.

Most audio sound files in the popular MP3 and AAC formats contain identification information such as an ID3 tag. This information can contain a multitude of information including the name of the song, the music album it comes from, the artist behind it, the genre and even the year in which it was commercially released.

With prior art digital communications devices that communicate audio sounds, information about the audio sounds is shared in a very limited way, if at all. Although the audio sounds may be shared in some systems, the ID3 tag (or such similar tag) is usually not. It is difficult, and often impossible, for the recipient of the shared audio sounds to identify the name of the song and the artist behind the song. There is also no way of knowing what are the next song(s) and previous song(s) that are on the device\'s play-list, or the number of songs.

In addition, a person who is receiving the audio sound may want to purchase the same audio sounds from a retailer but is unable to do so as he or she does not know the information behind the audio sound, e.g. title, artist, album, etc.

A person who is receiving audio sounds may also want to know more about the person who or the device which is sharing the audio sounds.

In view of the foregoing, a system and method are disclosed for wireless sharing of audio information and playlists among a plurality of users. The present invention is a method and system for enabling the sharing information on the following items:

(a) the information of shared audio sounds;

(b) play-lists information; and

(c) information on the device or the person using the device sharing the audio sounds.

The invention also encompasses a method and system to capture the information above. Potential advantages of the present invention include allowing users to share information where desirable.

SUMMARY

OF THE INVENTION

A digital audio player is presented which features wireless stereo communication to other devices within the network. The device or system of devices incorporates components to transmit and receive audio sounds wirelessly (including by radio, Bluetooth or infra-red technologies) by: (a) having a transmitter/receiver built in (e.g., a wireless transmitter/receiver built into a portable computing device or a digital media player); (b) having an intermediary device that is used to implement the transmission/reception (e.g., a “dongle” transmitter/reception, or a transmitter/receiving station); (c) having the intermediary device that is used to implement the transmission/reception built into the headphones (wired or wireless); or (d) using a similar device or devices to implement the transmission/reception. The audio signal can be selectively rebroadcast to other users.

In addition, the user of the device can also opt to set the device to transmit, re-transmit, broadcast, re-broadcast, receive or not to receive information about the audio sounds in the same manner. The information on the audio sounds being shared can include information contained in the ID3 tag of digital audio sounds files, or in other such similar places and information that may be manually inserted by the user of the device. Some of that information may include: a) the title of the audio sound; b) the artist behind the audio sound; c) the writer of the audio sound; c) the album/collection the audio sound comes from; d) the genre of the audio sound; e) the year in which it was commercially released; f) the encoding rate of the audio sound if it is a digital media file; g) the size of the file if it is a digital media file; and h) other information about the audio sound.

Moreover, a method and system is disclosed wherein the user of device can opt to set the device to transmit, re-transmit, broadcast, re-broadcast, receive or not to receive play-list information in addition to the audio sounds and the information on the audio sounds themselves.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

The foregoing and other advantages of the invention will become apparent upon reading the following detailed description and upon reference to the drawings, wherein:

FIG. 1 illustrates a schematic view of a person sharing audio and related information in accordance with one aspect of the present invention.

FIG. 2 illustrates a schematic view of a plurality of persons sharing audio (and data) from a single source in accordance with one aspect of the present invention.

FIGS. 3 and 4 illustrate other embodiments of the invention in which a plurality of rebroadcasts occur.



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stats Patent Info
Application #
US 20120275618 A1
Publish Date
11/01/2012
Document #
12450948
File Date
04/11/2008
USPTO Class
381 80
Other USPTO Classes
International Class
04B7/00
Drawings
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