Distribution of music between members of a cluster of mobile audio devices and a wide area network

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  • US 7,835,689 B2
  • Filed: 12/04/2006
  • Issued: 11/16/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/06/2002
  • Status: Expired due to Fees
First Claim
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1. A method of operating a digital computing device associated with a sharing group comprising a plurality of media player devices, comprising:

  • receiving a request to join the sharing group from a requesting media player device;

    making a determination as to whether to permit the requesting media player device to join the sharing group based on information associated with a user of the requesting media player device; and

    adding the requesting media player device to the sharing group if the determination is made to permit the requesting media player device to join the sharing group;

    wherein adding the requesting media player device to the sharing group comprises providing a decryption key to the requesting media player device to be used to decrypt communications between the requesting media player device and at least one of the plurality of media player devices distributed over a public communication channel.

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