Just five months after Apple’s music social network service for iTunes, was launched the company has been granted its first patent for Ping in the US.
Whats interesting is the patent was actually filed back in 2008, two years before Apple launched Ping and it is described as “Network-assisted remote media listening”.
You can see details of what was included in the patent granted to Apple for their Ping music service below.
“apart from media playback/management applications or media players, social networking websites permit users to establish their own virtual space and associate with friends. The virtual space for a particular user can be customized by the user to provide text, audio, and/or images (photos, video). Visitors, sometimes only authorized users (e.g., friends), can access the virtual spaces. Examples of social networking websites that provide spaces include MySpace, Facebook, Friendster and various others.
Head on over to Patently Apple for more details, and also check out some of the other recent patents which have been granted to Apple .
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