Audio converter device and method for using the same

  • US 20050198210A1
  • Filed: 10/29/2004
  • Published: 09/08/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/01/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A converter device to playback digital media, the converter device comprising:

  • a local area network port to receive portions of a digital media file stored on a local server;

    a volatile memory buffer to store the portions of the digital media file;

    a microprocessor to convert a portion of the digital media file stored in the volatile memory buffer into a format usable by a conventional media playback system;

    firmware to control the transfer of the portions of the digital media file into the volatile memory buffer such that there is no interruption of media playback;

    a user interface to allow a user to navigate through a hierarchical presentation of data associated with the digital media file; and

    an infrared receiver to receive instructions from a remote controller for the transfer of the converted portion of the digital media file to the conventional media playback device.

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