Including Recording From Radio Patents (Class 369/7)
  • Patent number: 10649729
    Abstract: Various embodiments include, for example, an audio device that operates by selecting one of a plurality of audio files in response to user interaction with a graphical user interface. The selected one of the plurality of audio files is decoded to generate audio output signals for playback of the selected one of the plurality of audio files via an audio output device. Animated auditory system display data is generated in response to the selected one of the plurality of audio files for display via a display device, wherein the animated auditory system display data animates action of at least one simulated cochlea in response to the selected one of the plurality of audio files. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2018
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Inventors: Antonio Torrini, Daniele Limoni
  • Patent number: 10615834
    Abstract: A two-way communication device with detachable transmitter and method of operation receives and/or sends communication signals. The device includes a receiver portion for receiving communication signals, and a transmitter portion for transmitting communication signals. The receiver and the transmitter may or may not be independently operational when detached. This detachability allows the receiver portion to be carried into secure areas where transmitters are not allowed without losing ability to be contacted. To indicate detachment, the receiver detects that the transmitter is detached via a signal pin. An indicator portion visually indicates whether the transmitter is detached or attached to the receiver. A control unit regulates communication signals with the receiver and transmitter. A user interface unit enables inputting and receiving data for communications. A housing protects the receiver and transmitter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Radio Design Group, Inc.
    Inventors: James Richard Hendershot, Alan Robert Young
  • Patent number: 10606549
    Abstract: An example system is provided for playing media content with a media playback device in a vehicle The example system can obtain vehicle movement data indicative of movement of the vehicle and sound data indicative of sound in the vehicle. The example system can also determine that the vehicle movement data and the sound data are at a given level, and switch the media playback device to a low power consumption mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2020
    Assignee: SPOTIFY AB
    Inventors: Jimmy Wahlberg, Thorbiörn Fritzon
  • Patent number: 10108395
    Abstract: Various embodiments include, for example, an audio device that operates by selecting one of a plurality of audio files in response to user interaction with a graphical user interface. The selected one of the plurality of audio files is decoded to generate audio output signals for playback of the selected one of the plurality of audio files via an audio output device. Animated auditory system display data is generated in response to the selected one of the plurality of audio files for display via a display device, wherein the animated auditory system display data animates action of at least one simulated cochlea in response to the selected one of the plurality of audio files. Other embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2018
    Inventors: Antonio Torrini, Daniele Limoni
  • Patent number: 9317241
    Abstract: A console for a vehicle comprises an assembly housing capable of being mounted in an interior of the vehicle, a wireless receiver, houseable in the assembly housing, adapted to wirelessly receive audio and video data from at least one input device, a recording device, houseable in the assembly housing for recording the audio and video data received from the at least one input device, and a wireless transmitter, houseable in the assembly housing, adapted to wirelessly transmit the audio and video data to at least one receiving device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2016
    Assignee: VOXX INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventor: James R. Tranchina
  • Patent number: 9300416
    Abstract: My innovative idea to create, program and provide manufactured boomboxes/car stereos with capabilities to record, play, pause, rewind, fast forward and save live radio feeds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2016
    Inventor: Alexander Lee Lewis
  • Patent number: 9106760
    Abstract: An electronic device such as a smart phone, in combination with an application program residing at least partially therein and run at least partially thereby effectively enables selective retroactive recording to capture already-passed audible events when an audible trigger is recognized. When used in conjunction with an internet-based social media network or an interested contact list, audible events that meet certain pre-determined criteria may be automatically shared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Inventors: Meng He, William L. Marino
  • Publication number: 20150094005
    Abstract: A method, system, media, and apparatus are directed to radio recording. Radio stations are simultaneously recorded based on a radio parameter including a processing parameter, a memory usage or allocation, a recording status, or the like. The radio parameter is adapted for an individual station, some radio stations, or all radio stations. The processing parameter is adapted based on a processor usage. The memory usage is adapted based on a memory requirement of a station being recorded. A station may be suspended from recording based on a loss of a signal and resumed based on a resumption of the signal. An access to a radio content recorded while a signal was available may be provided, if the signal is unavailable. The plurality of stations may be prioritized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2014
    Publication date: April 2, 2015
    Applicant: 3D RADIO LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. ELLIS
  • Patent number: 8909128
    Abstract: A method, system, media, and apparatus are directed to radio recording. Radio stations are simultaneously recorded based on a radio parameter including a processing parameter, a memory usage or allocation, a recording status, or the like. The radio parameter is adapted for an individual station, some radio stations, or all radio stations. The processing parameter is adapted based on a processor usage. The memory usage is adapted based on a memory requirement of a station being recorded. A station may be suspended from recording based on a loss of a signal and resumed based on a resumption of the signal. An access to a radio content recorded while a signal was available may be provided, if the signal is unavailable. The plurality of stations may be prioritized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2009
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2014
    Assignee: 3D Radio LLC
    Inventor: Michael D. Ellis
  • Patent number: 8892229
    Abstract: An audio apparatus according to an embodiment includes an audio signal receiving unit, a music gap signal receiving unit, a playback unit, and a determining unit. The audio signal receiving unit receives an audio signal in which successive multiple music data are contained in a single block of data. The determining unit determines a boundary of the music data on the basis of the time at which the music gap signal that indicates the boundary of the music data by the music gap signal receiving unit and the duration of a silent period in the audio signal that is played back by the playback unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 18, 2014
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventors: Osamu Yasutake, Fumitake Nakamura, Nobutaka Miyauchi, Masanobu Maeda, Masahiko Kubo, Nahoko Kawamura, Machiko Matsui, Hideto Saitoh, Hiroyuki Kubota, Masayuki Takaoka, Masanobu Washio, Yutaka Nishioka
  • Patent number: 8788075
    Abstract: We have disclosed an enhanced radio system that provides for the capture and playback of one or more radio stations. The user may tune to a station, or scan through stations, rewind to hear what was missed, and fast-forward through undesired content. The system allows a user to rate content, and to be notified when that content is being played on any station. The system may make radio station recommendations. The system allows the user to respond easily to radio content, download audio content, and send radio content to another user. The system may provide other radio related and radio content related information. The system may provide a karaoke mode. The system may also allow the user to integrate a telephone with the radio. The system may report usage information to a collection facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: 3D Radio, LLC
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Caron S. Ellis
  • Publication number: 20140112113
    Abstract: A data storage system allows a subscriber to store data at the time the subscriber experiences the date with an indication, such as a press of a button or a voice command. The indication causes a request to obtain and store the data to be issued. For example, the subscriber can store music while listening to it, store or request movies while viewing them, or store movie soundtracks while viewing movies. The entire music file can be stored, for example, in a vehicle in which the subscriber is traveling. For some environments, such as storage in a cellular telephone, a portion of the music is stored in a format compatible for that environment, such as cellular telephone ring tone format. When the indication is received, a determination is made as to which music is required, generally by determining the time of the indication. The music heard by the listener is then downloaded for storage in accordance with the subscriber's request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2013
    Publication date: April 24, 2014
    Inventors: David C. Isaacson, Diana L. Fitzgerald
  • Patent number: 8706272
    Abstract: Various techniques for adaptively encoding and compressing audio broadcast data to create a digital representation of the broadcast for storage on an electronic device are provided. In one embodiment, the audio broadcast data may be encoded and stored onto the electronic device using a particular codec and/or compression rate, the selection of which may be based upon one or more characteristics of the audio broadcast data signal, such as a genre parameter or a quality parameter. Particularly, the audio broadcast data may be encoded using either a music codec or a speech codec depending upon the genre parameter. Further, some embodiments may also provide for an adjustable compression bit-rate based at least partially upon the quality parameter of the audio broadcast.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2014
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Aram Lindahl, Richard Michael Powell, Joseph M. Williams
  • Publication number: 20130279308
    Abstract: Systems and methods for altering an in-vehicle presentation are provided. One embodiment includes receiving a media signal at a vehicle that includes content, providing an in-vehicle presentation of the content for viewing as the media signal is being received, and determining a triggering action to alter output of the in-vehicle presentation in a predetermined manner. Some embodiments include altering the in-vehicle presentation in the predetermined manner in response to receiving the triggering action, beginning recording of the content in response to altering the in-vehicle presentation, and providing an option to store the content that is being recorded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2012
    Publication date: October 24, 2013
    Applicant: Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
    Inventors: Sean L. Helm, Jeffery E. Pierfelice
  • Publication number: 20130273832
    Abstract: A portable audio recording device is provided for selectively recording analog and digital audio signals. The device is removably insertable into a recess in an automobile dashboard. Several mounting harness connections protrude from the recess and operatively engage with ports disposed on the back side of the device. Once the recording device is properly connected, audio can be played over the automobile sound system or saved for later playback. Additional files are transferred to and from the device via removable storage media or over wireless connections. Users can record radio programming, store their music collection and transport the entertainment device to different locations. The invention is thus a device and system for facilitating highly transportable audio recording, storage, and playback in a variety of environments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 11, 2013
    Publication date: October 17, 2013
    Inventor: Sarah Coleman
  • Patent number: 8490099
    Abstract: A system and method for controlling a scheduling order per category is disclosed. A scheduling order can be designated for the delivery and playback of multimedia content (e.g., music, news, other audio, advertising, etc) with respect to particular slots within the scheduling order. The broadcast day is divided into dayparts according to specific time slots. The dayparts are assigned with specific daypart categories wherein multimedia is scheduled. The scheduling order can be configured to include a slotted by daypart scheduling technique to control the scheduling order for the eventual airplay of the multimedia content over a radio station or network of associated radio stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2013
    Assignee: Clear Channel Management Services, Inc.
    Inventor: Nigel Attwell
  • Publication number: 20130142019
    Abstract: A vehicular apparatus in a traveling vehicle automatically records, to a storage device, a tag data and a place and time data associated with the tag data. The place and time data respectively representing a place and a time a music piece that corresponds to the tag data recorded under control of a control unit was played. The control unit displays the tag data together with the place and time data, which is associated with the tag data, on a display unit for reminding a user of the music piece associated with the tag data, without distracting the user from the drive operation of the vehicle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2012
    Publication date: June 6, 2013
    Applicant: DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventor: DENSO CORPORATION
  • Patent number: 8218404
    Abstract: A recording apparatus including: a receiving portion for receiving a content data sent using radio wave; a recording portion for recording the content data received by the receiving portion in a storage medium; a determining portion for determining whether or not a receiving status of the content data by the receiving portion satisfies a predetermined standard; and a control portion for when the determining portion determines that the standard is not satisfied, controlling the recording portion to stop recording of the content data to the storage medium.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2012
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuma Takahashi
  • Patent number: 8139446
    Abstract: An audio system includes a key input section and a microcomputer, and enables playback volume level control that will meet the demand of a user. The key input section inputs a selection instruction for selecting one of a plurality of sound sources in response to a manipulation. The microcomputer 6, in cooperation with a level adjusting ratio setting library, a level adjusting pattern generator and a volume adjuster, selects the sound source designated by the selection instruction, calculates the level difference ?P between the playback volume level of the sound data of the current piece of music and that of the next piece of music of the selected sound source, and adjusts the playback volume level of the next sound data in accordance with an adjusting ratio corresponding to the level difference.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: Mitsubishi Denki Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Kuniyo Ieda, Tatsuya Mitsugi, Yoshihiko Utsui
  • Publication number: 20110176397
    Abstract: An interactive radio network enables users to interact with the content of a radio broadcast, including commercials or messages, and to selectively save, store, review, fast forward, rewind, pause, forward, and respond to the radio programs and/or the commercials. The interactive radio network provides a widespread, international, and economical access to the radio stations, and reduces the need for advertisement billboards. It provides the users with an opportunity to selectively inquire about the products or services being advertised. Furthermore, the interactive radio network allows the users as well as various sectors of the advertisement industry to interact with the content of the radio broadcast. The advertisements are no longer limited to audio messages, but can further include elaborate video, text, and data information. The interactive radio network enables the users to communicate and interact with each others, based on the broadcast content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Rabih Salem Ballout
  • Patent number: 7933171
    Abstract: Disclosed is a music jukebox which is configured for storing a music library therein. The music jukebox includes a housing, audio input structure on the housing for receiving audio signals, audio output structure on the housing for outputting audio signals, and a data storage structure in the housing for storing audio signals. The music jukebox is configured such that a music library of sound tracks is storable in the data storage structure. The music jukebox includes means for selecting a sound track from the music library stored in the data storage structure to play through the audio output structure, and the housing includes a display thereon which identifies sound tracks in the music library. Preferably, the music jukebox is configured such that the sound tracks stored in the data storage structure are editable before being played through the audio output structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Advanced Audio Devices, LLC
    Inventors: Peter J. Keller, Michael J. Kelley
  • Publication number: 20110086591
    Abstract: A system and method for limiting the amount of satellite radio digital bandwidth used by allowing a vehicle to record and store songs broadcast by the satellite and then play the songs from the vehicle the next times the songs are to be broadcast. When a song is selected to be broadcast, the method determines whether a certain percentage of vehicles will have the song recorded on the vehicle, and if so, will broadcast a song code identifying the song to allow the vehicle to play the recorded song.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 8, 2009
    Publication date: April 14, 2011
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: Mark O. Neal, Robert P. Roesser
  • Patent number: 7917111
    Abstract: A method and system for monitoring broadcast programs from the beginning of the programs is provided. The system includes a tuner configured to receive and decode broadcast signals and provide programming as an output. The system also includes a buffer coupled to the tuner that stores programming from the tuner and provides buffered programming as an output delayed in time from the programming provided by the tuner. The system further includes processing circuitry coupled to the tuner and buffer that determines if the tuner is selected as a source for programming, and if a program is in progress when the tuner is selected. The processing circuitry provides the tuner programming as an output of the system if a program is not in progress when the tuner is selected, and provides the buffered programming as an output of the system if a program is in progress when the tuner is selected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Francis E. Szczublewski, Laci J. Jalics
  • Publication number: 20110017150
    Abstract: A wearable sound system for an animal such as a dog, a cat, or a horse includes a manually or wirelessly controlled programmable source of audible signals and at least two speakers that are coupled to an article (e.g., a collar, a harness, or a hood) wearable by the animal. Each speaker is adapted to project a sound content of the audible signals towards an immediate vicinity of an ear of the animal. The audible signals may include commands, training signals, stress-relieving signals, or a combination thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Publication date: January 27, 2011
    Inventors: Lisa Caputo, Kristin Baggelaar
  • Publication number: 20100302917
    Abstract: A music extracting apparatus has a receiving unit which receives a broadcast signal having a plurality of channels of audio signals, a detecting unit which detects a variation of voice power from the audio signal, a computing unit which computes a difference of amplitude or power between the audio signals of each channel, and a specifying unit which specifies the starting or the ending position of a music section based on the variation detected by the detecting unit and the difference computed by the computing unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2010
    Publication date: December 2, 2010
    Applicant: SANYO ELECTRIC CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Satoru MATSUMOTO, Yuji YAMAMOTO, Tatsuo KOGA
  • Publication number: 20100246342
    Abstract: A device for playing and recording real time broadcast radio includes a storage device, an audio output component, a control unit and an input interface. Data received from a radio receiver are recorded in the storage device. When a pause command is received from the input interface the real-time broadcast is paused, a marker is placed in the current position in memory and the received data continue to be recorded in the storage device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2009
    Publication date: September 30, 2010
    Inventor: Robert IZRAELI
  • Patent number: 7734155
    Abstract: A home entertainment network has a computer with a multi-DVD changer which holds plural DVDs onto which content from an hard disk drive (HDD) can be transferred for storage. Also, DVD content can be ripped to the HDD, and multiple copies of home videos and photographs on the HDD can be made onto several disks simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2010
    Assignees: Sony Corporation, Sony Electronics
    Inventors: Mark Hanson, Isao Murase
  • Publication number: 20100118663
    Abstract: A method is used by an Open Cable-Digital Media Player (OC-DMP) to process a request of an application with respect to content of an Open Cable-Digital Media Server (OC-DMS). The method includes determining validity of the request based on metadata of the content, and selectively transmitting the request to the OC-DMS based on a result of the determination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 6, 2009
    Publication date: May 13, 2010
    Applicant: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Kwang-hyuk KIM, Gyung-pyo HONG, Young-soo KANG, Jung-shin PARK
  • Patent number: 7715278
    Abstract: An alarm clock device includes a monitor for monitoring a transmission of a selected station, a detector for detecting, in the transmission of the selected station, at least one milestone. A controller operating in response to detection of the milestone is provided to store, in a memory, data of the transmission after the milestone was detected, and to initiate playing of the data at a selected wakeup time. According to the present invention, the data is recorded in response to detecting a transmission of a selected station selected from a plurality of stations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: SanDisk IL Ltd.
    Inventors: Menahem Lasser, Itzhak Pomerantz
  • Patent number: 7715283
    Abstract: A method for storing information, in particular audio signals, received via radio, in particular broadcast radio, the received information being written to a first memory, where the information stored in the first memory is overwritten by newly received information, preferably no later than when the memory capacity of the first memory is exceeded by the sum of the information stored in the first memory, and where in response to a record command all or part of the information present in the first memory is transferred into a second memory. As a result, even when playback of information which is of interest to the user has already begun, the latter can nevertheless record the entire information unit, for example the whole piece of music, part of which has already been played back, in its entirety right from the beginning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Schade-Buensow, Darren Zimmer
  • Patent number: 7663980
    Abstract: A audio data collection and management system is provided for extracting music data from an optical media and managing the music data. The system is configured to extract at least a portion of an initial track of music data at an extracting rate that is different than the recording rate. The system simultaneously records the extracted portion of the initial track of music data to a storage media at the extracting rate while performing the extracting. The system is configured to be implemented in an automobile, a home stereo system, or a personal computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 16, 2010
    Assignee: Sonic Solutions, Inc.
    Inventor: Michel D. Berhan
  • Patent number: 7656755
    Abstract: Audio data which are read out from a compact disc drive are written into a hard disk drive (6) at a rate that is higher than an audio playback rate. The written audio data are read out at a rate which is higher than the audio playback rate, and then output to audio output interfaces (buffer memories). The audio output interfaces read out the audio data at the playback rate and output the data. Since the hard disk drive (6) can perform reading/writing at a rate which is sufficiently higher than the playback rate of audio data, monitoring is enabled while performing ripping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2010
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventor: Tadashi Sugiyama
  • Patent number: 7643728
    Abstract: A video signal recording apparatus with a video and audio memorizing section for temporarily memorizing an inputted video audio signal, a time code generating section for generating a time-code of said video audio signal an auxiliary information memorizing section for temporarily memorizing auxiliary information appended to said video audio signal including said time code generating a regeneration value obtained from a time code to which one frame time is added to said recorded time code when a recording starts and correcting said regeneration value for an amount of delay corresponding to a storage volume temporarily memorized in said auxiliary information (time code, metadata, CUE audio signal, and the like) memorizing section and thus obtaining a corrected time code, and thereafter sequential time codes are generated from said corrected time code though said time code generating section.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2010
    Assignee: Panasonic Corporation
    Inventors: Akiyuki Noda, Shinji Takemoto, Hiroyuki Yamashita, Tsuneki Fujimoto
  • Publication number: 20090268567
    Abstract: The invention relates generally to a receiver unit in a digital broadcast system for receiving a broadcast signal comprising content segments and control data, and generating an output signal using the content segments and previously stored content segments. The previously stored content segments are retrieved from a local memory device using the control data and inserted among the received content segments.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 29, 2009
    Publication date: October 29, 2009
    Inventors: Paul D. Marko, Craig P. Wadin
  • Patent number: 7561495
    Abstract: A method for storing information, in particular audio signals, received via radio, in particular broadcast radio, the received information being written to a first memory, where the information stored in the first memory is overwritten by newly received information, preferably no later than when the memory capacity of the first memory is exceeded by the sum of the information stored in the first memory, and where in response to a record command all or part of the information present in the first memory is transferred into a second memory. As a result, even when playback of information which is of interest to the user has already begun, the latter can nevertheless record the entire information unit, for example the whole piece of music, part of which has already been played back, in its entirety right from the beginning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: July 14, 2009
    Assignee: Robert Bosch GmbH
    Inventors: Volker Schade-Buensow, Darren Zimmer
  • Publication number: 20090141596
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus are provided for timeshifting audio content in a multiple tuner audio system comprising a first tuner and a second tuner. One operating method involves maintaining a first data storage element for the first tuner, maintaining a second data storage element for the second tuner, receiving first audio content in realtime by the first tuner, and storing data representing the first audio content in the first data storage element, resulting in first stored content. The method also receives second audio content in realtime by the second tuner, and stores data representing the second audio content in the second data storage element, resulting in second stored content. The method thereafter generates a timeshifted audio signal corresponding to the first stored content or the second stored content.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Publication date: June 4, 2009
    Applicant: GM GLOBAL TECHNOLOGY OPERATIONS, INC.
    Inventors: JAMISON C. SCHROEDER, DAVID E. BOJANOWSKI, WALTER J. HOLLOWAY
  • Patent number: 7512041
    Abstract: An information recording/reproducing apparatus includes a reproduction unit, an operation unit, a storage unit, and a control unit. The reproduction unit reads information recorded in a recording medium. The operation unit instructs the reproduction unit to eject the recording medium. The storage unit stores the information read by there production unit therein. When the recording medium is loaded into the reproduction unit, the control unit controls the reproduction unit to read the information and controls the storage unit to store the information read by there production unit therein automatically. When the operation unit instructs the reproduction unit to eject the recording medium during the storage unit being storing the information read, the control unit informs a user that the storage unit is storing the information read.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2009
    Assignee: Fujitsu Ten Limited
    Inventor: Satoru Nakae
  • Patent number: 7483341
    Abstract: In an apparatus for recording a broadcast program on an optical disk, a broadcast reception section receives a broadcast signal containing various programs broadcasted from a broadcast station. A recording setup section specifies a program to be recorded on an optical disk among the various programs contained in the received broadcast signal. An information acquisition section acquires attribute information associative of content of the specified program from an electronic program guide of various programs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 15, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Yamaha Corporation
    Inventors: Takashi Nagano, Morito Morishima
  • Publication number: 20080198705
    Abstract: A recording apparatus including: a receiving portion for receiving a content data sent using radio wave; a recording portion for recording the content data received by the receiving portion in a storage medium; a determining portion for determining whether or not a receiving status of the content data by the receiving portion satisfies a predetermined standard; and a control portion for when the determining portion determines that the standard is not satisfied, controlling the recording portion to stop recording of the content data to the storage medium.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 19, 2008
    Publication date: August 21, 2008
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventor: Kazuma Takahashi
  • Publication number: 20080008054
    Abstract: A plurality of items of content that meaning content is the same and quality is different is acquired from a plurality of acquisition routes and managed as a single group. Each item of content in this group is analyzed, an evaluation value of each item of content is calculated from the results of analysis and content to be deleted is determined based upon the evaluation values.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2007
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Applicant: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Daisuke KUROKI
  • Publication number: 20070211579
    Abstract: A data output system includes an information processing apparatus, a first terminal, a second terminal, and a mounting base device that is electrically connected to one of the first terminal and the second terminal when the one of the first terminal and the second terminal is mounted on the mounting base device, the information processing apparatus includes a storage for storing time-series play data, and a wireless communication unit for communicating with the second terminal in a wireless communication, the first terminal including a storage for storing time-series play data, the second terminal including a first wireless communication unit for communicating with the information processing apparatus in a wireless communication, and the mounting base device including an output unit for outputting time-series play data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2007
    Publication date: September 13, 2007
    Applicant: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Takeshi Yoshimura, Kenji Shiba
  • Patent number: 7231270
    Abstract: A mobile play list method, comprising the steps of: broadcasting a work and identification for the work over a broadcast system; receiving the broadcast work and identification in a mobile device; receiving, from a user, an input identifying the broadcast work as desired by the user; monitoring at the mobile device for a subsequent broadcast of the work; storing the work in the mobile device during the subsequent broadcast, and selectively playing the work in the mobile device in response to a request of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2007
    Assignee: General Motors Corporation
    Inventors: Hitan S. Kamdar, Matthew P. Burton, Anthony Luke Simon
  • Patent number: 7209410
    Abstract: A portable audio player (100) includes a decoder (14) and other devices for reproducing audio data, a microcomputer (16) for controlling starting and stopping the reproduction, and a radio communication device (24). An on-vehicle audio player (200) includes a radio communication device (64) for a bidirectional radio communication with the radio communication device in the portable audio player, a decoder (54) and other devices for reproducing audio data, and a microcomputer (56) for controlling starting and stopping the reproduction. In case that the portable audio player stops reproducing the audio data, the on-vehicle audio player starts reproducing the audio data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2007
    Assignee: Pioneer Corporation
    Inventors: Seiji Yamanushi, Kazuhiro Kamiya, Tomohisa Tsukui, Kazutsugu Horii, Tetsuya Yoshida, Katsuaki Kawamura
  • Patent number: 7191193
    Abstract: A digital music library builder including an analog-to-digital converter for converting analog audio into digital audio, an optical character processor for recognizing characters within an image, a meta-data extractor for identifying meta-data for a song within the recognized characters, an audio parser for marking the start and end of a song within the digital audio, and a database manager for associating the identified meta-data with the marked song, within a digital music library. A method is also described and claimed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2007
    Assignee: Catch Media
    Inventors: Yaacov Ben-Yaacov, Boaz Ben-Yaacov
  • Patent number: 7171174
    Abstract: We have disclosed an enhanced radio system that provides for the capture and playback of one or more radio stations. The user may tune to a station, or scan through stations, rewind to hear what was missed, and fast-forward through undesired content. The system allows a user to rate content, and to be notified when that content is being played on any station. The system may make radio station recommendations. The system allows the user to respond easily to radio content, download audio content, and send radio content to another user. The system may provide other radio related and radio content related information. The system may provide a karaoke mode. The system may also allow the user to integrate a telephone with the radio. The system may report usage information to a collection facility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2007
    Inventors: Michael D. Ellis, Caron S. Ellis
  • Patent number: 7102965
    Abstract: An assembly (40) which is disposed within a conventional radio (10) and a method (200) for replaying a real time audio signal (50). Particularly, the assembly (40) includes a memory assembly (56) which records a digitally converted analog signal (53), compresses the recorded signal in a digital signal processor (54), and allows a user (20) to selectively listen to up to sixty seconds of missed audio signal (53, 57) while obviating missing any of the real time audio signal (50) immediately following the missed audio signal (53, 57).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: Daniel L. Hagan, Jr.
  • Patent number: 7046956
    Abstract: Messaging, such as promotional messaging, is delivered to users of digital audio media players, such as digital disc and tape players. Portable players are especially suited for practice of the invention. Players include a wireless receiver to receive messages and memory for storage of messages. Alternatively, player memory is preloaded with messages. A controller plays messages at reasonable times, e.g., at breaks between tracks of the audio disc or tape being played. Advertising or promotional messages are broadcast to capable digital audio players via wireless transmission and stored in memory. The player reads control information on the disc and stores it in memory. The control information is used to play messages from memory. An effective promotion method is enabled through the invention and use of a player capable of message reception, storage and play in accordance with the invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2000
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Assignee: 67 kHz, Inc.
    Inventor: Marc S. Cohen
  • Patent number: 7031477
    Abstract: A voice-controlled system for providing digital audio content in an automobile is presented. The system comprises a CPU unit that includes a microprocessor programmed to decode and deliver digital media such as MP3s and ebooks to a listener. The CPU unit also includes a storage device for storing the media, RAM and a power supply. The storage device is a “plug-in” unit, such as a hard disc drive, that may be removed and inserted into a home computer for downloading media. The system is controlled using a voice-based input device that interfaces with the CPU unit. The voice-based device is operative to control in a hands-free manner, for example, the selection of the media to be delivered and the volume at which the media is delivered. A display and control unit is suitable for mounting on the dashboard of an automobile and provides an alternative to voice control of the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 25, 2002
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2006
    Inventors: Matthew Rodger Mella, Kevin John Caffrey, Daniel Thomas Bagley
  • Patent number: 7020048
    Abstract: A vehicle audio system is provided that includes an audio receiver having a radio tuner and a random access media reader adapted for accessing audio data files such as those stored on a compact disc. The audio system includes a display having a plurality of display formats for displaying a label associated with an audio data file, and a display switch having a first mode operable for shifting the display from one of the plurality of display formats to another of the plurality of display formats, a second mode operable for setting the default display format to another display format, and a third mode operable for initiating sequential display of a plurality of display pages to displaying the label.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2006
    Assignee: Delphi Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Kathryn A. McComas
  • Patent number: 6956795
    Abstract: An automotive radio with live rewind on a plurality of channels is realized by providing a memory in which the preprogrammed channels identified by the radio buttons have their contents continuously stored in endless memories over an immediately preceding duration that can measure a time period on the order from two to fifteen minutes. Simply by actuating the rewind button on a radio or an accompanying tape player, the radio responds by playing the immediately preceding segment over the radio speaker, so that the driver can recapture the last few minutes of a segment of interest.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 18, 2005
    Inventor: Daniel Schwartz