For those interested, the continuation of ths blogicle has the abstracts and related information for the two patents apparently in contention between Apple and Microsoft.
Apple: 20040055446, Robbin, Jeffrey L. ; et al., "Graphical user interface and methods of use thereof in a multimedia player," utility application filed October 28, 2002, published March 25, 2004; provisional application filed July 30, 2002.
In a portable multimedia device, a method, apparatus, and system for providing user supplied configuration data are described. In one embodiment, a hierarchically ordered graphical user interface are provided. A first order, or home, interface provides a highest order of user selectable items each of which, when selected, results in an automatic transition to a lower order user interface associated with the selected item. In one of the described embodiments, the lower order interface includes other user selectable items associated with the previously selected item from the higher order user interface.
Microsoft: 20030221541, Platt, John C., "Auto playlist generation with multiple seed songs," filed May 30, 2002, published December 4, 2003.
The present invention relates to systems and/or methods that generate playlist(s) for a library or collection of media items via selecting a plurality of seed items, at least one of which is an undesirable seed item. Some of the seed items are desirable indicating that a user prefers additional media items similar to the desirable seed items and others are undesirable indicating that the user prefers additional media items dissimilar to the undesirable seed items. Additionally, the seed items can be weighted to establish a relative importance of the seed items. The invention compares media items in the collection with the seed items and determines which media items are added into the playlist by computation of similarity metrics or values. The playlist can be regenerated by adding desirable seed items to the playlist and removing media items from the playlist (e.g., undesirable seed items).