Apple Applies for Patent on 'Audio Hyperlinking' to Facilitate Accessing Supplementary Podcast Content

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple has applied for a patent with the U.S Patent and Trademark Office (via AppleInsider) on methods for using hyperlinks embedded into audio streams that could offer content creators the capability to link to other forms of media or control a device altogether. The main concept of the patent is outlined in the abstract of the filing, and explains how audio hyperlinks could be used to allow listeners to access such content within audio:

    In the patent application, Apple gives an example of a podcast which could link to other podcasts, websites, or other media, and Apple describes how software could either automatically activate audio hyperlinks when detected or offer a user interface to allow users to have control over activation of the links.
    While the patent application does not make any references to specific devices, examples and drawings outline how the process could be applied to such mobile devices such as iPhones, iPads, and iPods.

    Article Link: Apple Applies for Patent on 'Audio Hyperlinking' to Facilitate Accessing Supplementary Podcast Content
  2. macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2007
    Def an interesting concept. More pops to get creative = good.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    I can see Siri being used with this to activate the 'link' while listening when one's hands are not free.
  4. macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    Another one of those ideas that makes you wonder why nobody has thought of it until now.

    This could be a great way for podcasts to link to relevant content such as news articles and for bands to link to their tour page from their album for example.
  5. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2011
    Ottawa, Canada
    This is one of those things I never thought of but am surprised that nobody has done already after I hear about it.
  6. Jodles, Aug 8, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    This isn't a new idea. This is very much inline with cutting-edge research being done everywhere on music information retrieval (MIR), whose primary research goal is to enable all kinds of music content, recordings, MIDI, sheet music, anything to be able to link together with no metadata at all.
  7. macrumors regular


    Mar 18, 2013
    or interactive audiobooks ... thinking like the old adventure books
  8. macrumors 68000

    Four oF NINE

    Sep 28, 2011
    This is an intriguing idea. When will this manifest?
  9. macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2012
  10. macrumors 68020


    Nov 17, 2012
  11. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 6, 2009
    Would this be propritary to like Garageband and Logic? Does Apple have another podcast creation program?
  12. macrumors 6502

    Jun 23, 2010
    Exactly. I'm sure there will be "good" uses for this but I too see it as a way to link to an external ad without having it encoded in the stream or at a particular time-stamp.
  13. macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    They have. Several times.

    By and large it hasn't caught on because it didn't work on iPods.
  14. macrumors 6502


    Aug 2, 2009
    What's the point? If it catches on and is a really cool feature....other companies will just steal the technology, copy it and market it... slamming Apple in the process. When Apple tries to enforce their patent, the others will just claim that its critical technology to the platform, FRAND, blah blah blah...and the patent will then get tossed out.

    Friggan joke.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2011
    Soundcloud already makes something like that or not?
  16. macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2010
    Get ahead of yourself much?
  17. macrumors regular

    May 15, 2013
    NTT DoCoMo thought of this about 6 years ago

    ... zzZzzZzzz
  18. macrumors regular

    May 19, 2011
    I don't understand this, could someone clarify for me?
    - is it that you can link to certain parts of an audio file? - Say, 10:46 in an hour long audio file?
    Or is it that an audio file (or stream, whatever) can link to stuff - if so,*how does one activate those links,*do they get activated when a certain point is reached in the audio file or is it done by other means?
  19. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 27, 2012
    In an ethereal plane of existence.
    Yes, but guess who patented it first. :) Funny world we live in.
  20. macrumors regular

    May 19, 2011
    What are you on about? Quit this nonsense.
  21. macrumors member

    Aug 16, 2012
  22. macrumors G5


    Nov 25, 2005
    FRAND patents become FRAND only if the patent holder makes them FRAND.

    "Standard essential patents" are patents that are needed to implement a standard. When a standard is created, everyone involve will try to make sure that everyone holding a patent that would be standards essential will be made available as FRAND; if they refuse then the standard makers have a problem and need to change the standard so that the patent isn't required.

    In neither case will the patent be thrown out.
  23. macrumors G3


    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles, CA
    I could see this going beyond just podcasts. Or even just audio. Imagine iTunes U with synced slides popping up during audio feeds or even just written comments, perhaps added by students themselves (much like those vocal recorders apps)

    Or second screen applications or switching on and off audio tracks for other languages or commentary.

    Or yes even advertising.


    You can't just call something FRAND and it is so. Google tried it several times and it didn't work.

    Companies have to agree to add their IP into a standard and it has to be something with basically no other possible method or this is the overwhelming preferred method.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2012
    If it was used with applescript, it could be really interesting for tutorials as well... No need for a video file, just audio, and everything plays out on screen... of course you wouldn't be able to do something else at the same time... But with this:

    You could turn it off...

    Of course the ad thing springs to mind... and that would be annoying, especially if it does so automatically upon detection...
  25. macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2006
    Apple lately seems to be spending most of its time patenting rather than innovating.

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