Systems and methods for networked music playback

  • US 9,883,234 B2
  • Filed: 10/22/2014
  • Issued: 01/30/2018
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/30/2011
  • Status: Active Grant
First Claim
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1. A playback device comprising:

  • a network interface;

    one or more processors;

    tangible computer-readable media having instructions encoded therein, wherein the instructions, when executed by the one or more processors, cause the playback device to perform a method comprising;

    receiving, via the network interface from one or more first cloud servers, an instruction to (1) add a particular multimedia content to a local playback queue on the playback device and (2) play back the multimedia content from the local playback queue beginning at a particular play position within the multimedia content corresponding to when a set of inputs for transferring playback of the multimedia content from a control device to a zone group was detected at a control interface of the control device, the zone group comprising a first zone and a second zone of a media playback system, the first zone comprising the playback device and the second zone comprising at least one additional playback device, wherein the control device is distinct from the playback device, and wherein receiving the instruction comprises receiving a resource locator indicating a particular source of the multimedia content at one or more second cloud servers of a streaming content service;

    in response to the received instruction from the one or more first cloud servers;

    adding the particular multimedia content to a local playback queue on the playback device; and

    playing back the particular multimedia content beginning at the particular play position within the multimedia content in synchrony with the at least one additional playback device, wherein playing back the multimedia content comprises obtaining the multimedia content from the particular source of the multimedia content at the one or more second cloud servers of the streaming content service using the resource locator, wherein the particular source is outside of a local area network that communicatively couples the control device and the playback device.

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