Apple has been granted an Indian patent for a media management program, akin to its own iTunes, which will help viewers enjoy graphical interface while browsing through multiple browsers. The invention for which a patent protection has been provided relates to browsing media content with multiple browsers that allows the user to play, sort, modify, store and catalogue their media.
According to a patent document filed by Apple, the graphical user interface typically includes a text-based browse window that allows a user to browse through and select a particular media track on electronic devices, including cell phones. The media-management program could also be linked with an online media store so that new media can be bought and transferred to the devices, the company said, citing the example of iTunes manufactured by Apple.
Apple filed the patent application, titled ‘A method for browsing data items with respect to a display screen associated with a computing device and an electronic device’, in 2009 at the Kolkata patent office. Nirmalya Sinha, deputy controller of patents & designs, Kolkata, granted the patent to Apple after being satisfied with the responses provided against the objections raised by the patent office in the first examination report.
Outlining the need for a better media-management program, the company said in the application that while a single text-based browse window is sufficient, there is still a desire for improved methods and systems for browsing through media items.
For instance, a single browse window may be limiting to users who desire to browse through more than one media group at a given time. Furthermore, in some cases, finding a desired media item can be difficult when browsing through rows and rows of text, it submitted.
Apple submitted that the graphical user interface includes an application window generated by the media application programme. The application window concurrently includes a first browse window and a second browse window. The first browse window displays descriptive information regarding a media file, while the second browse window displays images associated with one or more media files. The content shown in the first and second browse windows are automatically synchronised when selections are made.
Arguing for the patent further, Apple pointed out that the invention involves methods and systems that improve the way media is played, modified and stored. It allows a browse window help a user navigate through and select images that are related to media items. The images could be either album art or the media items may be songs on the album, it added.