Communication system and its method and communication apparatus and its method

CAFC
  • US 9,736,238 B2
  • Filed: 06/23/2015
  • Issued: 08/15/2017
  • Est. Priority Date: 09/21/1999
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A music server comprising:

  • a memory configured to store compressed musical content data and a program list associated with the compressed musical content data;

    a touch sensor;

    a data interface configured to interface with a portable apparatus; and

    circuitry configured to;

    control a connection with an internet server via a network,control transmission of a user ID via the network, an authentication process of the user ID and a billing process being conducted based on the user ID,control downloading the compressed musical content data from the internet server via the network,control storage of the compressed musical content data to the memory,control display of a title list of the compressed musical content data stored in the memory based on additional data of the compressed musical content data, the additional data including jacket image data of the compressed musical content data and the title list including a jacket image of the compressed musical content data,edit a program list based on a user input to the displayed title list via the touch sensor without regard to whether the music server is connected to the portable apparatus,associate the program list with a predetermined identifier uniquely identifying the portable apparatus among a plurality of portable apparatus,control playback of the compressed musical content data based on the program list so that the compressed musical content data referenced in the program list is played back as a collection,determine whether an identifier received by the circuitry via the data interface is the predetermined identifier in response to a connection of the portable apparatus to the music server,retrieve the program list among a plurality of program lists stored in the memory based on the determination as to the identifier by the circuitry,determine whether capacity of a memory of the portable apparatus is enough to store the compressed musical content data in the program list as retrieved by the circuitry,control transmission of the compressed musical content data to the portable apparatus via the data interface based on the program list in such a way that, of the compressed data in the program list as retrieved by the circuitry, the compressed musical content data which is not stored in the portable apparatus is transferred from the music server to the portable apparatus, andcontrol to provide a warning in a case that the music server and the portable apparatus are disconnected; and

    a power supply configured to provide power to the portable apparatus to charge a battery of the portable apparatus while the portable apparatus is connected to the music server.

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