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Submission + - Apple acquires patent on media downloads

shashi writes: "In an out-of-court settlement, Apple has recently acquired the rights to a patent from 1996 on media downloads:
The concept consisted of a desktop computer holding multiple songs with an interface allowing a hotel guest to select three songs and play them on an electric grand piano. Starkweather saw the broader value and broke the patent into three elements; remote music storage, selection of music to download and playing music on a music device.


This could create serious leverage for Apple against its competitors as well as give them a large bargaining chip when negotiating with the content providers."

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