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Apple's 'silent disco' patent lets iOS device users hold distributed, private concerts

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A somewhat offbeat patent awarded to Apple on Tuesday describes a method of providing iOS users with a 'silent disco' experience, where musical characteristics sampled from a roving DJ's track trigger playback of similar tunes on a local device.

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Source: USPTO


The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Tuesday granted Apple U.S. Patent No. 8,521,316 for a "Coordinated group musical experience," which details the "sharing of a music experience amongst a group of people each using a personal communication device," such as Apple's iPhone, iPad or iPod.

The technology is loosely based on so-called "silent discos," in which a group of people come together as they would any conventional concert, but listen to a DJ's music with headphones instead of loudspeakers.

Unlike silent discos, the music does not have to necessarily be the same song, or even from the same genre. Instead, musical characteristics such as tempo are sent to other users' devices, which in turn find stored music that most closely matches the DJ's track. Each person should only hear their own music for the full private listening effect. While the music may not be shared, the method isn't quite "mobile clubbing," a private group listening get together where location is the main thing participants have in common.

With Apple's patent, geographic location is not a limiting factor, as the invention can use ad hoc wireless networks, Bluetooth, cellular networks, the Internet, or any other means of wireless communication to connect listeners in near real time. To complete a shared group experience, the digital information of a song being played by one user, dubbed the "roving DJ," is passed to connected devices over said networks.

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Illustration of a beats per minute profile.


In some embodiments, information other than music-related data can be transferred over the network. For example, users can create avatars and accompanying personalized information to broadcast to the group. A session timer can also be sent out, while other data may include overall beats per minute of a song being played.

Some situations may call for a rotating DJ, meaning other users can participate as initiators of music selections for the group.

One of the more interesting scenarios is when the music manager, that is the app controlling media playback, adjusts the tempo of a track on the fly. This audio tweaking can be done to meet the beats per minute requirements set out by the DJ's song choice or whatever determined characteristics are guiding the session.

Finally, the patent notes that the system can be contained in a single app downloadable from the App Store.

While novel, the invention's use cases are somewhat murky beyond impromptu parties in noise regulated areas. The social aspects of the patent are interesting, however, as Apple has yet to successfully connect its massive base of iTunes users on a unified networking platform.

Apple's silent disco patent was first filed for in March 2010 and credits Sylvain Rene Yves Louboutin as its inventor.
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How come the female stick figures are wearing chic triangular skirts but the guy stick figures are nekkid?
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Perhaps limited use as disco, but could be used in classroom settings for coursework, where DJ is the instructor, participants are students, music is course materials.
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Perhaps limited use as disco, but could be used in classroom settings for coursework, where DJ is the instructor, participants are students, music is course materials.

It looks like it's music specific rather than general sharing of data or other "course materials" that wouldn't be music.

"Coordinated group musical experience

Abstract
Sharing of a music experience amongst a group of people each using a personal communication device is described. In some cases, the group can congregate at the same geographic location or at least some of the group can be located at widely dispersed locations and yet still be able to share a music experience. Information can be passed between the personal communication devices using point to point wireless communication, a distributed network of computers such as the Internet, a wireless cellular communication network, and so on. The information can include an indication of a shared music characteristic. The personal communication devices can use the shared music characteristic to identify and start to privately play those music items stored in the personal communication device having a characteristic that matches or most closely matches the shared music characteristic at about the same time."
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How come the female stick figures are wearing chic triangular skirts but the guy stick figures are nekkid?

And why is that triangle upside down?

 
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post #6 of 14
Just go to Seoul Dongdaeman market (the later the better) They have silent disco all the time. Pretty cool thing to see 1smile.gif
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Originally Posted by pazuzu View Post
And why is that triangle upside down?

 

Wha… it's a skirt.

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How come the female stick figures are wearing chic triangular skirts but the guy stick figures are nekkid?

I think Apple should use them in an advertising campaign , it would be like the Microsoft one, only with better looking actors!
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And why is that triangle upside down?

You have to explain that one .... oh wait a minute ....
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Actually I think I've misinterpreted the stick figures, they are in fact all guys, but two of them are watching pr0n which seems to have gotten them harder than Chinese arithmetic.

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"this invention" Hell, it is becoming like some weird sect that wants to put us all in all in a strait jacket. If you say this crap often often does it become true? The way it is all heading, I can really see massive protectionism kicking in. In that, if software gets barred because Apple or in fact anyone else has spent their billions patenting every single little tech idea in their head then I imagine other countries will have no choice but to do a tit for tat ban on these products. Let the innovation Armageddon begin.
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How come the female stick figures are wearing chic triangular skirts but the guy stick figures are nekkid?

 

They're not nekkid. They're wearing super tight disco pants.

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And why is that triangle upside down?

 

Probably so it doesn't end up looking like a diaper. Or an oversized plastic merkin. 1smoking.gif

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So, since this is in response to "noise-regulated areas", is this invention somehow akin to Mozart performing the danced part of his opera in silence because "ballet" was forbidden by the King?

 

 

 

Just a thought. Too random? 1tongue.gif

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