Automatic hierarchical categorization of music by metadata

  • US 6,928,433 B2
  • Filed: 01/05/2001
  • Issued: 08/09/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/14/1999
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method of selecting at least one track from a plurality of tracks stored in a computer-readable medium of a portable media player configured to present sequentially a first, second, and third display screen on the display of the media player, the plurality of tracks accessed according to a hierarchy, the hierarchy having a plurality of categories, subcategories, and items respectively in a first, second, and third level of the hierarchy, the method comprising:

  • selecting a category in the first display screen of the portable media player;

    displaying the subcategories belonging to the selected category in a listing presented in the second display screen;

    selecting a subcategory in the second display screen;

    displaying the items belonging to the selected subcategory in a listing presented in the third display screen; and

    accessing at least one track based on a selection made in one of the display screens.

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