Highly portable media device

Highly portable media device
US007593782B2
(12) United States Patent
(10) Patent N0.:
(45) Date of Patent:
Jobs et a].
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HIGHLY PORTABLE MEDIA DEVICE
5,185,906 A
(75) Inventors: Steve Jobs, Palo Alto, CA (US);
Anthony M. Fadell, Portola Valley, CA
(US); Jonathan P. Ive, San Francisco,
2/1993 Brooks
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(73) Assignee: Apple Inc., Cupertino, CA (US)
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(21) App1.No.: 11/212,313
(22) Filed:
Apple iTunes Smart Playlists, downloaded Apr. 5, 2005 from http://
Aug. 24, 2005
web.archive.org/web/20031002011316/www.
apple.corn/itunes/
smartplaylists... pp. 1-2.
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Prior Publication Data
US 2006/0155914A1
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Jul. 13, 2006
Primary ExamineriCurtis KuntZ
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Assistant Examinerilesse A Elbin
Provisional application No. 60/642,276, ?led on Jan.
7, 2005.
Int. Cl.
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D14/507, 203.1, 203.3, 238.1
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ABSTRACT
An improved portable media device and methods for operat
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(74) Attorney, Agent, or FirmiBeyer Law Group LLP
ing a media device are disclosed. According to one aspect, the
portable media device can also function as a solid-state drive
for data storage. The form factor of the portable media device
can be hand-held or smaller, such that it is highly portable.
The portable media device can use one or more status indi
cators. The portable media device can also include a periph
eral bus connector, a rechargeable battery, and one or more
input devices. According to another aspect, the portable
media device has the capability to store media device status
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portable media device can form and/or traverse a media asset
playlist in an ef?cient manner.
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