Apple patent lets iOS users distribute and attend a private concert

Apple patent lets iOS users distribute and attend a private concert
The USPTO has awarded Apple with a patent on Tuesday for "Coordinated group musical experience," which allows music to be shared amongst iOS device users connected via a wireless network. The idea is based on something called a "Silent Disco" in which a number of people get together to listen to music being played. But instead of this group listening to the tunes over a loudspeaker, the audience listens via a headphone that each member of the audience is wearing.

The Apple patent, which was filed in March 2010, differs in a big way. Unlike the "Silent Disco" at which everyone is listening to the same song, the Apple  patent allows each listener's device to detect characteristics of the song being played by the DJ, such as tempo, and tries to match it up with the library of tunes stored on each listener's device. This means that two iOS device users attending the same concert could end up hearing different songs. Unlike "Mobile Clubbing," where each participant is in the same geographic area, Apple's patent allows for users to be hundreds or thousands of miles away as long as they are connected on a wireless network.

The member of the group who is playing the songs,known as the "roving DJ" is also passing along digital information about the tune to be sent out to the group, such as the number of beats per minute. None-musical information can be sent out such as avatars. In some situations, the "roving DJ" can be rotated among participants. And the app running the whole experience, which can be downloaded from the Apple App Store when available, can adjust the tempo of a song while it is playing in order to meet the beats per minute of the song being played by the DJ.


source: USPTO

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27 Comments

1. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Oh, copying Samsung's Group Play eh? Go home Apple, you're drunk!

2. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

Iplay

5. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

That's exactly my first thought...Really, Apple is just blatantly stealing everything now, Notification, Notification Toggles, WiFi Direct, Group Play...What's next a patent/feature that checks if your eyes are looking at the phone to cancel screen timeout?

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Apple is nothing but a POWER HUNGRY GREEDY COMPANY. all they care bout is CONTROL plus that drawing looks like it's done by a 5yr old.

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

you arte not drunk when you get awarded a Patent..I detect some hating..hmmmm

18. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

think theres something seriously wrong with u. first of all SAMSUNG STARTED this APPLE just wants too control and sue for later. typical

15. Gunjit

Posts: 2; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

it's nothing like Samsung's Group play I think you haven't read the details of patent above

16. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Of course not. It doesn't matter though..lol. These guys love Apple so much that they will post as soon as they see an Apple article.

23. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

"The idea is based on something called a "Silent Disco" in which a number of people get together to listen to music being played. But instead of this group listening to the tunes over a loudspeaker, the audience listens via a headphone that each member of the audience is wearing." This = Group Play "The Apple patent, which was filed in March 2010, differs in a big way. Unlike the "Silent Disco" at which everyone is listening to the same song, the Apple patent allows each listener's device to detect characteristics of the song being played by the DJ, such as tempo, and tries to match it up with the library of tunes stored on each listener's device. This means that two iOS device users attending the same concert could end up hearing different songs. Unlike "Mobile Clubbing," where each participant is in the same geographic area, Apple's patent allows for users to be hundreds or thousands of miles away as long as they are connected on a wireless network." Pretty sure this was already an app, some DJ app that lets people become a DJ and stream music to other people

28. Sauce unregistered

It's calledwww.turntable.fm TTFM has been around for years. If you were to still agree on your own comment, you would also agree that "group play" = Turntable FM?

25. GeekyGene

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 25, 2013

"The Apple patent, which was filed in March 2010" Reading is fun.

3. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

Awesome!!!

9. WHoyton1

Posts: 1635; Member since: Feb 21, 2013

Awesome....because its an android feature! Your such an sheep!

17. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

is a Samsung feature.. Samsung can put it on their Windows phone if they wish....

22. RoyalPayne

Posts: 458; Member since: Aug 07, 2013

oOOOooOoOoOo I'm hurt! BTW what android feature buddy?

26. GeekyGene

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 25, 2013

*You're

4. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Grandma is going to love this with some big band music like Glenn Miller. Fad idea, real world usage=zip.

8. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

Can your grandma add my grampa on her iPhone?

6. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

iGreattt... or iCopyyy...

7. dexter_jdr

Posts: 1163; Member since: Jun 28, 2012

the hell ? why would you even...

10. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Very innovative

20. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

not so innovative

21. letgomyeggroll

Posts: 139; Member since: Jun 13, 2012

Innovative to what? That they can copy what Samsung been using for the last years and they want to rename to get a patent? They can patent on the name but in the court's eyes its the same technology that they are using. So innovative? NOOOOO far from it, it's what do best is to attempt to get credit that they refuse to go along with because they think it will fell. Go find something that Apple innovative about.

11. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

Meh. Same as Group Play. I really hate it when people are happy to hear stuffs that iPhones have this and that when it is already in Androids way before Apple introduced it. I talked to my friends about iPhone 5S rumored 12MP camera and a fingerprint scanner and they were like :O :O :O Now I can tell that most people prefer iPhone because it's a status symbol. -_- But it can be said that an iPhone is also a great phone.

19. lilg29

Posts: 89; Member since: Sep 14, 2011

They are actually copying something they already have in Europe called "silent disco" concerts. I'm not sure why they would just patent every idea known to man but we better not live in a world where everyone has an iPhone and they all go rogue and sassy on us...

24. GeekyGene

Posts: 88; Member since: Aug 25, 2013

Judging from the comments thus far, people want to read the article before commenting? It's actually different to "Silent Disco" as explained, also I don't remember Samsung having 'Group Play' in 2010. You know, when the patent was filed...

27. TBomb

Posts: 1205; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

sounds to me like a radio.... everyone listens to the same thing in sync... i was just listening to 95.7 and it works pretty similarly

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