Method and system for purchasing pre-recorded music

  • US 7,853,664 B1
  • Filed: 09/27/2000
  • Issued: 12/14/2010
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/31/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for identifying music to a user exposed to a broadcast that includes unidentified music, comprising:

  • receiving a signal including a captured sample of the broadcast from a cell phone of the user, the cell phone transmitting the captured signal over the cellular network, said broadcasting comprising music;

    determining from the signal a characteristic of the captured sample, wherein the characteristic of the captured sample comprises a landmark and a fingerprint associated with the landmark;

    comparing the characteristic of the captured sample to a characteristic associated with an identity record in a database, wherein the characteristic associated with the identity record comprises a landmark and a fingerprint associated with the landmark;

    attempting to locate an identity record corresponding to the captured sample according to a result of the comparison; and

    storing the captured sample if the location attempt is unsuccessful.

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