Plural Storage Medium Elements (e.g., "juke Box") Patents (Class 369/30.06)
  • Patent number: 10586275
    Abstract: A system is provided to output audio data sets at a venue. The system includes an audio catalog that stores a plurality of audio data sets available for display at the venue and which is remotely located from the venue. The system also includes a server system in electronic communication with the audio catalog and remotely located from the venue. The server system receives association requests from mobile devices of users which are used to associate the respective mobile devices with the venue. The venue has one or more venue controllers communicatively coupled to the server system. The mobile devices are remotely located from the server system. The server system transmits a listing of the plurality of audio data sets to the associated mobile devices and receives selections of one or more of the plurality of audio data sets to be played at the venue.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2020
    Assignee: AMI ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK, LLC
    Inventors: Ronald Richards, Charles Jaros, Kapil Mistry
  • Patent number: 10249339
    Abstract: One or more magnetic recording disks are coupled to a spindle motor, each of the disks having opposing recording surfaces. Two or more actuators are moveable independently over at least a first recording surface of the one or more disks. A first actuator of the two or more actuators comprises a first write head and a first read head. A second actuator of the two or more actuators comprises at least a second read head and may include a second write head. A controller is coupled to the two or more actuators and configured to write data to a track on the first recording surface using the first write head, and perform a read operation on the data written to the track using the second read head. The controller is also configured to verify that the data was successfully written to the track in response to the read operation. The read operation can be performed within less than one revolution of the first recording surface after the write operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2019
    Assignee: Seagate Technology LLC
    Inventors: Riyan Mendonsa, Jason Bryce Gadbois, Mark Allen Gaertner, Guy T. Lawrence, Bruce Douglas Buch
  • Patent number: 9632949
    Abstract: A storage management method and the like for managing a hierarchical storage are provided. A storage management method is provided for managing a hierarchical storage including a lower storage tier, and a higher storage tier having higher speed than the lower storage tier, on a computer system including at least one computer. This storage management method includes a step of causing the computer system to copy a target data item from the higher storage tier to the lower storage tier, and a step of causing the system to determine whether or not to delete the entity of the data item on the higher storage tier having been subjected to the copying based on a time required for reading the copy of the data item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 25, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Hasegawa, Masayuki Iwanaga, Yutaka Oishi
  • Patent number: 8977827
    Abstract: A read cache may include portions of files stored on media of a media library. Embodiments described herein may include systems and methods for restoring a read cache, including restoring stub files to a read cache on an ad hoc basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: KIP CR P1 LP
    Inventors: Robert C. Sims, Brian J. Bianchi, William H. Moody, II
  • Patent number: 8908484
    Abstract: In a recording/reproducing device for recording and reproducing an optical disk, when performing verify processing of inspecting a quality of recorded data and compare processing of inspecting whether the recorded data can be read without errors, a time is taken because the same area needs to be reproduced two times. The verify processing and the compare processing are performed at one time reproduction. To perform the verify processing and the compare processing simultaneously, a recording quality storage part is provided in the recording/reproducing device, and reproduced data is transmitted to a host controller while storing quality information at the time of reproduction by an instruction of the host controller. The host controller performs the compare processing by comparing transmitted data and data at the time of recording and inspects the recording quality by acquiring the quality information of a reproduced area from the recording/reproducing device at intervals set in advance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc.
    Inventors: Tomomi Okamoto, Shinji Fujita, Takakiyo Yasukawa, Masayuki Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 8849435
    Abstract: Certain exemplary embodiments described herein relate to digital downloading jukebox systems of the type that typically include a central server and remote jukebox devices that communicate with the central server for royalty accounting and/or content updates. More particularly, certain exemplary embodiments relate to jukebox systems that have revenue-enhancing features such as for example, music recommendation engines and bartender loyalty programs. Such innovative techniques help to both increase per jukebox revenue as well as keep jukebox patrons engaged with the jukebox.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: September 30, 2014
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Dominique Dion, Mounir Khenfir, Billy Panagiotopoulos, Christian Pompidor, Francois Beaumier, Frederic Baril, Sebastien Hebert
  • Patent number: 8824250
    Abstract: Disclosed is an archive system for a double sided optical disc, in which optical disc drives for recording or reading data on second surfaces of double sided optical discs are mounted in at least one of first and second drive bays respectively mounted at left and right sides of a disc picker robot, so that data recording or reading operations on first and second surfaces of double sided optical discs can be automatically performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: Hitachi-LG Data Storage Korea, Inc.
    Inventor: Seunghon Yoo
  • Patent number: 8726330
    Abstract: Payment-based audiovisual playback system characterized by comprising a microprocessor device associated with a payment device primarily including means for storing, inter alia, in digital format the visual and sound information to be used. The system is associated through interfaces with display means and sound playback means for providing a multimedia environment. The system is controlled by a multitask operating system including a tool and service library integrated into the storage means. The system, which is also associated through an interface with a telecommunications modem, is optionally connected to an audiovisual data distribution network by a telecommunications modem and telecommunications links, said telecommunications function also being controlled by said multitask operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Nathan, Tony Mastronardi
  • Patent number: 8724436
    Abstract: An audiovisual distribution system includes a central server and a plurality of audiovisual units. Each unit includes structure for interactively communicating with the user for selecting a piece or a menu, a payment device, a computer network card, and a permanent semiconductor memory containing a multitask operating system comprising at least a hard disc access management task. The order for performing a selected piece is processed as a hard disc sequential access task. The hard disc is declared as a peripheral corresponding to the network card of the unit, enabling a request to be sent through the network to the server for processing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 13, 2014
    Assignee: Touchtunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Nathan, Tony Mastronardi
  • Publication number: 20140126340
    Abstract: Disclosed is an archive system for a double sided optical disc, in which optical disc drives for recording or reading data on second surfaces of double sided optical discs are mounted in at least one of first and second drive bays respectively mounted at left and right sides of a disc picker robot, so that data recording or reading operations on first and second surfaces of double sided optical discs can be automatically performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2012
    Publication date: May 8, 2014
    Applicant: HITACHI-LG DATA STORAGE KOREA, INC.
    Inventor: Seunghon YOO
  • Patent number: 8593802
    Abstract: A plurality of stations is positionable on the top of a stereo radio/alarm clock. The stations include end stations and a central station between the end stations. Each station has a downwardly extending recess to removably receive and support a smaller consumer electronic music device. Each station has a support plate extending upwardly from an associated recess. The end recesses are laterally aligned with their associated support plates in a forward plane. The central recess is rearwardly spaced from the end recesses with its associated support plate in a rearward plane. The arrangement of the support plates allows the support plates to removably receive and support a larger consumer electronic music device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 26, 2013
    Inventor: John E. Strauser
  • Patent number: 8520478
    Abstract: A readout device includes a first recording medium having recorded therein data of arbitrary plural portions of a period of a predetermined length in temporally continuous content; a second recording medium having recorded therein data of the entire content; and a readout control unit that controls, when the readout of data of the content is requested, the readout of data from the first recording medium and from the second recording medium such that data of any one of the portions recorded in the first recording medium is read out and data following the data read out from the first recording medium is read out from the second recording medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Masaaki Isozaki, Ryuji Takatsuka, Masaaki Fukuda, Kazuyuki Saito
  • Publication number: 20130100786
    Abstract: A data library apparatus capable of changing the mounting positions of disks on the basis of information recorded in the disks and the access histories of the disks. Disks expected to be accessed next are mounted in advance on data recording/reproducing devices, on slots nearer to the data recording/reproducing devices, or on a disk carrying device, etc. In addition, disks relevant to currently active disks are mounted on positions so that the optical disk carrying device can bring out the relevant disks at a time without being moved, and hereby the time necessary for disk access in the data library apparatus can be reduced.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2012
    Publication date: April 25, 2013
    Applicants: HITACHI CONSUMER ELECTRONICS CO., LTD., HITACHI-LG DATA STORAGE, INC.
    Inventors: Hitachi-LG Data Storage, Inc., Hitachi Consumer Electronics Co., Ltd.
  • Publication number: 20130077454
    Abstract: In a data library apparatus for managing plural pieces of record media, and performing record/reproduction of data into/from the record media, there are provided an information-memorizing memory unit and a device-controlling control unit. Having received a data record/reproduction processing request from a server, the control unit collects load information imposed on data record/reproduction devices, load information imposed on a record-media transportation device, and load information imposed on the record media. Moreover, the control unit memorizes the collected load information into the memory unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 2, 2012
    Publication date: March 28, 2013
    Inventor: Nozomu SHIMODA
  • Patent number: 8325571
    Abstract: A digital jukebox (14) allows for playback of a first offering and a second offering. The contents of each offering are individually licensed for public performance at a particular location where the jukebox is found. The jukebox (14) displays advertisements that are selected in response to user interaction with the jukebox or a number of other factors. The jukebox (14) features a screen (18 and 20) that allows user to interact with the jukebox to select offerings, but also to respond to advertising. Jukebox can function in cooperation with a server (12), but in the alternate, can function as an independent and stand-alone device when connection (16) to server (12) is not available.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2012
    Inventors: Paul Cappello, Mariusz Stanisz, Ernest Thompson
  • Publication number: 20120275281
    Abstract: A data recording and reproducing apparatus relative to a data library device includes a plurality of setup units for recording and reproducing data in a record and reproduction condition appropriate to a recording medium, and a storage unit for storing identification information and medium information of the recording medium, in this way, a setup processing is performed to reproduce the identification information from the recording medium when loading the recording medium, the medium information corresponding to the identification information is read out from the storage unit to perform the setup processing by a second setup unit when the medium information corresponding to the identification information is present in the storage unit, and the setup processing is performed by a third setup unit to reproduce the medium information from the recording medium and store in the storage unit together with the identification information, shortening a time period of the setup processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 20, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Inventors: Masayuki Hirabayashi, Osamu Kawamae
  • Patent number: 8275668
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for ordering a selection in advance, characterized in that it includes a step in which a menu is displayed followed by a selection in this menu, to make specific requests and particularly: a step displaying the event for which the advance order of a selection is made, and then selection of the event; a step displaying the identity of destination equipment on which the selection is to be played, and then selection of this equipment; a step displaying the date and time at which the selection is to be made on the destination equipment; a step in which particular requests are recorded and downloaded onto a file only after payment has been verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2012
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Nathan, Dominique Dion, Tony Mastronardi
  • Patent number: 8248899
    Abstract: A system for preparing a first multimedia stream, for use with an environment comprising a repository for storing a plurality of tracks, wherein each track is associated with at least one second multimedia stream. A track comprises a single type of data (e.g. audio, video etc.). The system comprises means for receiving a request comprising an associated parameter (e.g. position parameter); means for determining at least two of the plurality of tracks associated with the parameter (e.g. wherein the at least two tracks have associated information that matches the position parameter); and means, responsive to the determining means, for collating the determined at least two tracks in order to generate the first multimedia stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 11, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 21, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Barnaby Aires, Andrew Gordon Neil Walter
  • Patent number: 8238204
    Abstract: In order to facilitate the management of the hardware key of a library apparatus employing the LTO system, a write function of a noncontact memory (CM: cartridge memory) contained in an LTO tape cartridge is implemented in a medium carrying mechanism part of the library apparatus, and during an insertion to a tape drive, the IDs unique to a library control part and to the medium carrying mechanism part are recorded in the non-contact memory and utilized as the hardware key of an encrypting apparatus. The hardware key written once is overwritten (erased) during an ejection, thereby preventing leakage of key information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2012
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Yoshiharu Itou, Kinya Saito, Kenichi Utsumi, Reisuke Nakagawa, Hitomi Akiyama, Ichirou Sakuma, Hiroyasu Inagaki
  • Patent number: 8184508
    Abstract: Payment-based audiovisual playback system characterized by comprising a microprocessor unit, primarily including storage means for storing inter alia in digital form the visual and sound information to be used, and associated, through a number of interfaces, with display means for sound playback which provide a multimedia environment. The unit is controlled by a multitask operating system including a library of integrated tools and services in the storage means. The system is also associated, through an interface, with a telecommunications modem and is connectable to an audiovisual information distribution network by a telecommunications modem and telecommunications links, the telecommunications functions also being managed by the multitask operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2012
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Nathan, Tony Mastronardi
  • Patent number: 8179749
    Abstract: A medium transporting mechanism for transporting one of stacked media each of which has a hole is provided. A holder is provided on a movable transporting arm and holds the one of the media. A guide is provided in the transporting arm, the guide has a tapered surface that is inclined with respect to an axis of the guide. The tapered surface is configured to be brought into contact with an inner surface of the hole of the one of the media when the guide is inserted into the hole of the one of the media. The tapered surface includes a first surface on a tip end portion of the guide and a second surface on a base end portion of the guide. An inclined angle of the first surface with respect to the axis of the guide is greater than an inclined angle of the second surface with respect to the axis of the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2012
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20110299369
    Abstract: There are provided an optical disc device and its recording/reproducing method for managing the management information about plural optical discs efficiently. In the present invention, the management information about the plural optical discs is stored in a memory. Moreover, the management information about part or all of the optical discs stored in the memory is recorded in the optical disc.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2011
    Publication date: December 8, 2011
    Inventors: Yasuo Mutsuro, Yutaka Nagai, Koichiro Nishimura, Masakazu Ikeda, Osamu Kawamae
  • Patent number: 8074253
    Abstract: Audiovisual reproduction system comprising a central unit managing a sound control circuit, and a telecommunications modem connected to a distribution network controlled by a host server, through a multitask operating system created around a tools and services library, characterized in that the operating system comprises a function that adjusts the sound control circuit to couple volumes in the various areas in which the loudspeakers in the audiovisual reproduction system are used, this function being accessible through a management mode of the multitask operating system, the coupling maintaining the ratios between the various volumes in each area when the volume in one area is modified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventor: Guy Nathan
  • Publication number: 20110255383
    Abstract: A medium transporting mechanism for transporting one of stacked media each of which has a hole is provided. A holder is provided on a movable transporting arm and holds the one of the media. A guide is provided in the transporting arm, the guide has a tapered surface that is inclined with respect to an axis of the guide. The tapered surface is configured to be brought into contact with an inner surface of the hole of the one of the media when the guide is inserted into the hole of the one of the media. The tapered surface includes a first surface on a tip end portion of the guide and a second surface on a base end portion of the guide. An inclined angle of the first surface with respect to the axis of the guide is greater than an inclined angle of the second surface with respect to the axis of the guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Publication date: October 20, 2011
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 8000180
    Abstract: A medium transporting mechanism for transporting one of stacked media each of which has a hole is provided. A holder is provided on a movable transporting arm and holds the one of the media. A guide is provided in the transporting arm, the guide has a tapered surface that is inclined with respect to an axis of the guide. The tapered surface is configured to be brought into contact with an inner surface of the hole of the one of the media when the guide is inserted into the hole of the one of the media. The tapered surface includes a first surface on a tip end portion of the guide and a second surface on a base end portion of the guide. An inclined angle of the first surface with respect to the axis of the guide is greater than an inclined angle of the second surface with respect to the axis of the guide.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Kawakami
  • Publication number: 20110170383
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for managing a defect of an optical disc. In the method, when a host requests data of an optical disc inserted into an optical disc drive (ODD) included in a device to be integrated with a solid state drive (SSD), an address of the requested data is compared with contents contained in defect management information managed within the SSD, and the requested data is read from the optical disc or from the defect management information according to a result of the comparing. The defect management information may include optical disc identification information, address information, defect type information and data of a corresponding address. When the optical disc is inserted into the ODD, defect management information regarding the optical disc may be generated and stored in the SSD. Accordingly, Read Delay or Read Fail, resulting from a defect of the optical disc, can be obviated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 7, 2011
    Publication date: July 14, 2011
    Applicant: HITACHI-LG DATA STORAGE KOREA, INC.
    Inventor: Changsic YI
  • Patent number: 7911886
    Abstract: A system for preparing a first multimedia stream, for use with an environment comprising a repository for storing a plurality of tracks. Each track may be associated with at least one second multimedia stream. A track may comprise a single type of data (e.g., audio, video, etc.). The method may comprise receiving a request comprising an associated parameter (e.g., a position parameter) and determining at least two of the plurality of tracks associated with the parameter. The at least two tracks may have associated information that matches the position parameter. Responsive to determining the at least two tracks, the determined at least two tracks may be collated in order to generate the first multimedia stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Barnaby Aires, Andrew Gordon Neil Walter
  • Patent number: 7912793
    Abstract: A computer-implemented hierarchical revenue model includes providing a first revenue value associated with a first avatar component, providing a second revenue value associated with a second avatar component, and combining the first revenue value with a second revenue value to produce a third revenue value associated with a third avatar component, the third avatar component being a derived avatar component that inherits characteristics of the first and the second avatar components, the third avatar component inheriting the first revenue value from the first avatar component, the third avatar component inheriting the second revenue value from the second avatar component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2005
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: IMVU, Inc.
    Inventors: Matt Danzig, William David Harvey, Vernon Melvin Guymon, III, Eric Nathan Ries, Marcus Gosling
  • Patent number: 7869310
    Abstract: Administrating content of a digital video disc (DVD) having, on-disc, a database involves storing, externally to the DVD, information of the database. Based on the stored information, a check is made as to whether the DVD is operable to accommodate a proposed change to the content. The change on the DVD is made and the on-disc database is correspondingly updated, if the check determines that the DVD is so operable, e.g., if remaining resources of the DVD suffice to make the change. Preferably, the making of the change and the updating on-disc are interactively subject to the user's acceptance by means of a user interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 2006
    Date of Patent: January 11, 2011
    Assignee: Koninklijle Philips Electronics N.V.
    Inventor: Leonardus Matheus Marie Veugen
  • Patent number: 7822687
    Abstract: A digital downloading jukebox system including a mechanism for delivering custom services to a recognized user is provided. For example, information specific to a recognized user may be stored and optionally may include a recognized user avatar representative of the recognized user. The user avatar may be an image, video, and/or animation, which may be displayed on and/or played through the jukebox. The user avatar may be associated with transactions associated with the user. For example, an avatar may be displayed when a playlist of the recognized user is played, when a message is sent, etc. In other examples, the avatar may introduce instances of media by playing an audio and/or video message, and the avatar may sing, dance, etc. while an instance of media is playing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventors: Francois Brillon, Dominique Dion, Loic Gratton
  • Publication number: 20100232263
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method for managing songs available for selection for play by a user is provided. Songs are assigned to one or more categories and time periods are set during which songs assigned to a category may be selected for play or may be blocked from being selected for play by a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 26, 2007
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventors: Jeff Kalis, Sterling Heibeck, Steve Cummings, Ron Richards
  • Patent number: 7787245
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus 10, such as a computer, includes a first unit 20 having a keyboard 21 and a second unit 30 coupled to the first unit 20 having a display screen 31 through a two-axis coupling section 40 to be opened, closed, and rotated relative to the first unit 20. The computer may be used either as a notebook PC or a tablet PC, and includes an optical disk drive 26 for accessing an optical disk. The present invention protects the optical disk and the optical disk drive against damage when the computer is used in the tablet PC mode. Depending on the status of the second unit 30 relative to the first unit 20, the apparatus enables or disables use of optical disk drive 26, including the drive ejection button.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: Fujitsu Limited
    Inventors: Uday A. Prabhune, Asao Shimazaki
  • Patent number: 7778879
    Abstract: This invention relates to a process for ordering a selection in advance, characterized in that it includes a step in which a menu is displayed followed by a selection in this menu, to make specific requests and particularly: a step displaying the event for which the advance order of a selection is made, and then selection of the event; a step displaying the identity of destination equipment on which the selection is to be played, and then selection of this equipment; a step displaying the date and time at which the selection is to be made on the destination equipment; a step in which particular requests are recorded and downloaded onto a file only after payment has been verified.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 17, 2010
    Assignee: TouchTunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Nathan, Dominique Dion, Tony Mastronardi
  • Patent number: 7774094
    Abstract: An apparatus, system, and method are disclosed for selecting a source cluster in a distributed storage configuration. A measurement module measures system factors for a plurality of clusters over a plurality of instances. The clusters are in communication over a network and each cluster comprises at least one tape volume cache. A smoothing module applies a smoothing function to the system factors, wherein recent instances have higher weights. A lifespan module calculates a mount-to-dismount lifespan for each cluster from the smoothed system factors. A selection module selects a source cluster for accessing an instance of a specified volume in response to the mount-to-dismount lifespans and a user policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory T. Kishi, Thirumale N. Niranjan, Jonathan W. Peake, Mark A. Reid, Joseph M. Swingler
  • Patent number: 7684288
    Abstract: According to one embodiment, a control method of an information processing device, includes measuring a movement amount of a body with a sensor, invalidating an operation of a switch which ejects an optical disc held in an optical disc drive, in a case where the movement amount of the body is a threshold value V1 or more, and validating the operation of the switch in accordance with a measured value of the sensor, after invalidating the operation of the switch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2008
    Date of Patent: March 23, 2010
    Assignee: Kabushiki Kaisha Toshiba
    Inventors: Yoshihiro Kaneko, Hideaki Andou
  • Publication number: 20100014391
    Abstract: An apparatus and system for recording, playing, handling, and storing a plurality of media disks in a plurality of configurations and a device for moving any disk into and out of a media disk storage mechanism and into or out of a selected media player/recorder on demand, and a controller for directing operation of the device for moving the disks and controlling selection of operation of the media disk storage mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 19, 2009
    Publication date: January 21, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Burns Douglass, Thomas Marshall Humm, John Aden Mosher
  • Patent number: 7580325
    Abstract: Although current radio receivers support playback of audio from multiple sources, none support easy searching for content across these sources. There is no mechanism for locating specific content independent of the source that it is found on. The invention is to have an entertainment system which utilizes metadata to offer a feature that will allow the user to listen to any audio source based on their listening preference. This invention also allows the user of a radio receiver to be able to easily locate music of a particular genre without regard to the actual source. This invention further provides a mechanism for the music stored on a hard drive to be used to create a personalized radio station, complete with inserts of localized information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2005
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Douglas L. Welk, Francis E. Szczublewski, Laci J. Jalics, Mona L. Toms
  • Patent number: 7574727
    Abstract: Payment-based audiovisual playback system characterized by comprising a microprocessor device associated with a payment device primarily including means for storing, inter alia, in digital format the visual and sound information to be used. The system is associated through interfaces with display means and sound playback means for providing a multimedia environment. The system is controlled by a multitask operating system including a tool and service library integrated into the storage means. The system, which is also associated through an interface with a telecommunications modem, is optionally connected to an audiovisual data distribution network by a telecommunications modem and telecommunications links, said telecommunications function also being controlled by said multitask operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2009
    Assignee: Touchtunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Guy Nathan, Tony Mastronardi
  • Publication number: 20090185461
    Abstract: A medium transporting mechanism for transporting one of stacked media each of which has a hole is provided. A holder is provided on a movable transporting arm and holds the one of the media. A guide is provided in the transporting arm, the guide has a tapered surface that is inclined with respect to an axis of the guide. The tapered surface is configured to be brought into contact with an inner surface of the hole of the one of the media when the guide is inserted into the hole of the one of the media. The tapered surface includes a first surface on a tip end portion of the guide and a second surface on a base end portion of the guide. An inclined angle of the first surface with respect to the axis of the guide is greater than an inclined angle of the second surface with respect to the axis of the guide.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 16, 2009
    Publication date: July 23, 2009
    Applicant: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Hideki Kawakami
  • Patent number: 7548958
    Abstract: Systems and methods for quick song selection on any of a plurality of networked, digital jukeboxes is provided. The Quick Pick feature provides for efficient song selection for a jukebox user preferably using a set of the most popular songs on a particular jukebox machine. Preferably, the system and method allow a user to browse or select songs to play at a digital jukebox in an efficient manner, without the need for a user to know the title or artist of the song in advance of making a selection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2009
    Assignee: Rowe International Corporation
    Inventors: Jeff Martin, Jeffrey J. Kalis, Sterling Heibeck
  • Patent number: 7542660
    Abstract: An information recording medium is provided with: an object data file for storing object data which constitutes a series of content information, such as picture information and audio information, and a play list information file for storing play list information which defines a reproduction sequence of the object data by a unit of a play list. The information recording medium is further provided with a disc information file for storing a plurality of title play lists including, (i) play list specification information for specifying the play list information which defines the play list to be reproduced, (ii) Pre command information, and (iii) Post command information, which indicate a command to be executed before and after the reproduction, respectively, based on the play list information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 27, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Tohru Kanegae, Masanori Nakahara, Takeshi Koda, Yasuko Fukuda, Takao Sawabe, Nobuyuki Takakuwa, Akira Imamura
  • Patent number: 7515987
    Abstract: A media library assembly (10) includes a host controller (12), a first data transfer assembly (18A) and a second data transfer assembly (18B), which can be remotely positioned from the first data transfer assembly (18A). The host controller (12) sends a first command signal to the first data transfer assembly (18A) to request a transfer of a first block of data relative to a target storage media (22). The first data transfer assembly (18A) receives the first command signal, determines the location of the target storage media (22), and initiates a second command signal to the second data transfer assembly (18B) to request the transfer of the first block of data relative to the target storage media (22). The second data transfer assembly (18B) transfers the first block of data relative to the target storage media (22) in response to the second command signal. The first data transfer assembly (18A) then returns a status to the host controller (12) regarding the transfer of the first block of data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2009
    Assignee: Quantum Corporation
    Inventor: George A. Saliba
  • Publication number: 20090046545
    Abstract: A system and method of pre-buffering media files may be employed to improve the initial playback performance of a media file. In accordance with one aspect, a media player application may present a list of media files for playback. Based on a location and/or movement of an input focus device, the media player may pre-buffer those media files located within a proximity of the input focus device. A pre-buffered media file may be selected for playback by the media player application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 16, 2007
    Publication date: February 19, 2009
    Applicant: YAHOO! INC.
    Inventor: Tomi Blinnikka
  • Publication number: 20090028009
    Abstract: Technology related to CD (compact disc) players are described. In one instance, a handheld CD player includes a CD drive to receive a CD and to determine a CD identification from the CD and a media slot to receive a portable memory card having a database. The handheld CD player also includes an attributes access module configured to retrieve music attributes from the database associated with the CD identification and to store the CD identification in the database if the CD identification is not already in the database.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 12, 2008
    Publication date: January 29, 2009
    Applicant: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Alan Johnson, William A. Spencer, Anton Phillip Sohn
  • Publication number: 20090016177
    Abstract: A portable audio playing device implements a jukebox manager function to permit the simple generation of musical playlists and the alteration or editing of existing playlists. Data, such as MPEG-3 data or other conventional audio format data, may be readily downloaded into the system for storage in a solid state memory or in a spinning media device. The audio tracks are associated with one or more metatags that are used to describe the content of each track. The metatags and associated audio tracks are stored in a data structure that may be implemented as a database or other convenient data structure that readily permits searching by user-specified search terms. The user generates a new playlist by selecting one or more metatags corresponding to the desired musical tracks. The system queries the data structure using the user-specified metatags and automatically generates a playlist containing one or more audio tracks whose metatags correspond to the user-specified metatags.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2008
    Publication date: January 15, 2009
    Inventors: Mark E. Phillips, Eric P. Gibbs
  • Patent number: 7474595
    Abstract: A method for preparing a first multimedia stream, for use with an environment comprising a repository for storing a plurality of tracks. Each track may be associated with at least one second multimedia stream. A track may comprise a single type of data (e.g., audio, video, etc.). The method may comprise receiving a request comprising an associated parameter (e.g.,a position parameter)and determining at least two of the plurality of tracks associated with the parameter. The at least two tracks may have associated information that matches the position parameter. Responsive to the determining the at least two tracks, the determined at least two tracks may be collated in order to generate the first multimedia stream.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Kevin Barnaby Aires, Andrew Gordon Neil Walter
  • Patent number: 7460443
    Abstract: The present invention is a folder indexing method that defines a format for storage and playback of digital audio files to support a specialized song selection access method. Access codes used to select media files for playback of music in a digital audio player, such as a juke box, are entered using track selection keys bearing the characters associated with the various access codes. At the software level, the track selection keys are assigned index values. Index values are used to locate a selected individual folder, but each individual folder uniquely stores only one media file. Preferably, folder names are only used for the purpose of alpha sorting folders so that index values can be used to count to a selected folder rather than searching for a term in a folder name. Multiple folder levels can be located using this method, but only the last folder level contains media files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2005
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2008
    Assignee: Tyrell Corporation
    Inventors: Miles Martin Elmers, II, John Robert Berkheimer
  • Publication number: 20080239887
    Abstract: In certain example embodiments, jukebox systems that have associated video servers for displaying video content on one or more displays or groups of displays external to the jukebox and/or directly on the jukebox are provided. Such video servers may effectively off-load at least some of the video processing load from the jukebox device. Accordingly, video content may be provided to complement and/or further enhance the interactive experience that jukeboxes currently provide, while also enabling patrons not directly in front of the jukebox to participate in the interactive process. Content may be distributed to the jukeboxes and/or video servers via a network. In addition to creating a compelling entertainment experience for patrons, it also is possible to create new revenue opportunities for customers. For example, operators and national account customers and advertising partners may provide additional value to venues through the innovative use of managed video content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2008
    Publication date: October 2, 2008
    Applicant: Touch Tunes Music Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Tooker, Dominique Dion, Guy Nathan
  • Patent number: 7317666
    Abstract: A method of reproducing information, and more particularly, a method of playing an optical recording medium storing music files by which a user can load only desired directories from the optical recording medium to reproduce the music files contained therein. Directories are searched from the optical recording medium and are displayed on a screen if the optical recording medium is driven. Desired ones of the directories are selected from the displayed directories and are loaded. Information corresponding to the loaded directories is reproduced. Only a directory selected by a user is loaded and reproduced. Thus, disc-loading time is saved so that the user can rapidly reproduce desired information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2008
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Se-hee Kang
  • Publication number: 20070297295
    Abstract: An electronic-mechanical apparatus (1) for playing back optical disks, usually termed juke-box, comprises receiving means (5) for a plurality of optical disks (D), playback means (7) for an optical disk (D), selector means (T) for selecting an optical disk (D) to be played back, and handling means (6) for withdrawing an optical disk from the receiving means and transferring it to the playback means (7), as well as for withdrawing it from the playback means (7) and re-placing it into its respective receiving means (5). The electronic-mechanical apparatus (1) further comprises a ionizing means (10) for trapping any dust, a programmable electronic control unit (14), and a scanner (18).
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 22, 2006
    Publication date: December 27, 2007
    Inventor: Nicola Travagin