An unusual patent awarded to Apple today suggests that the company is exploring the possibility of incorporating supposed ‘silent nightclub’ technology into its approaching gadgets, according to AppleInsider. The patent, No. 8,521,316, was first filed back in March 2010 and details Sylvain Louboutin, a former Apple software application engineer who now works at Roku as its creator. It explains a ‘collaborated team musical experience’ where a ‘personal interaction gadget’ can be used to share songs with a team of individuals.
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The patent explains a system wherein musical characteristics such as tempo (BPM) are shared with close-by users and the individual’s device will instantly select songs that are similar in nature. The system would transmit the digital details of a track being played by one individual, or the ‘roving DJ’ as the patent calls it, to any linked devices over the local network. Unlike conventional quiet nightclubs, where the same song is transferred throughout radio frequencies, this system will use the songs that are already present on an individual’s device, presumably due to copyright reasons.
The technology is similar to the current trend dubbed ‘mobile clubbing’, where a team of individuals get together in one place and dance to their own songs. Place, nonetheless, isn’t a choosing factor with Apple’s system, as the signals can be sent over any methods of wireless communication, including the Web, Bluetooth and neighborhood wireless networks.
In other personifications of the patent, users of the system can ‘rotate’ DJs, so other people can pick tunes for the group to pay attention to. The patent keeps in mind that the system can be included within one single application that’s downloadable from the App Shop.
Although this technology couldn’t be carried out into any upcoming Apple products, it does provide an interesting concern of sharing songs amongst iTunes users, which could be a crucial goal for Apple going forward. Its last foray into music-based social networking was Ping, which officially closed at the beginning of October in 2012 after the service failed to impress its individuals.