Method and device for an internet radio capable of obtaining playlist content from a content server

DC
  • US 8,050,652 B2
  • Filed: 11/27/2006
  • Issued: 11/01/2011
  • Est. Priority Date: 01/22/1998
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. An electronic device comprising:

  • a) a network interface enabling the electronic device to receive an Internet radio broadcast and being further adapted to communicatively couple the electronic device to a central system;

    b) a system enabling playback of audio content from a playlist assigned to the electronic device via the central system; and

    c) a control system associated with the network interface and the system enabling playback of the audio content indicated by the playlist, and adapted to;

    i) enable a user of the electronic device to select a desired mode of operation from a plurality of modes of operation comprising an Internet radio mode of operation and a playlist mode of operation;

    ii) receive and play the Internet radio broadcast when the desired mode of operation is the Internet radio mode of operation; and

    iii) when the desired mode of operation is the playlist mode of operation;

    receive the playlist assigned to the electronic device from the central system, the playlist identifying a plurality of songs, wherein ones of the plurality of songs are not stored on the electronic device;

    receive information from the central system enabling the electronic device to obtain the ones of the plurality of songs from at least one remote source;

    obtain the ones of the plurality of songs from the at least one remote source; and

    play the audio content indicated by the playlist.

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