Method and apparatus for creating and managing clusters of mobile audio devices

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  • US 7,917,082 B2
  • Filed: 12/04/2006
  • Issued: 03/29/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/06/2002
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method comprising:

  • receiving a request to join a sharing group from a requesting media player device, the sharing group comprising a plurality of member media player devices each being associated with one of a plurality of users,enabling at least one of the plurality of users to vote to permit the requesting media player device to join the sharing group;

    making a determination as to whether to permit the requesting media player device to join the sharing group based on at least one vote received from the at least one of the plurality of users;

    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 enabling the at least one of the plurality of users to vote comprises enabling a broadcasting user associated with one of the plurality of member media player devices operative to broadcast media content to others of the plurality of member media player devices in the sharing group to vote; and

    making the determination as to whether to permit the requesting media player device to join the sharing group comprises permitting the requesting media player device to join the sharing group if the broadcasting user votes to permit the requesting media player device to join the sharing group.

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