The assignee for this patent, patent number 8510301, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The invention relates to media systems, and in particular, to a system that selects a media file from multiple files having substantially similar media content.
"Multimedia systems may include one or more media players to play content. Such players may include various portable units and other media content playback devices. The media files may have different media characteristics. The differing characteristics may include coding formats, sampling criterion, storage on differing devices, or other file characteristics that define playback of a media file.
"Some multimedia systems may include multimedia files having substantially the same multimedia content. Files having substantially the same content may be stored on the same device and/or different devices and may have different playback characteristics. Files having substantially the same concept may be identified when they have the same title or other similar content identification. The multimedia system may default to playback of a particular file of the multiple files without reference to the other files. This may result in wasted storage space in that the remaining files are never used. When there are files having substantially the files may not play."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent: "A media system has media file storage that includes two or more media files having substantially the same media content. The two or more media files have different playback characteristics. The media system uses the playback characteristics to select one of the two or more media files for playback.
"Other systems, methods, features and advantages will be, or will become, apparent to one with skill in the art upon examination of the following figures and detailed description. It is intended that all such additional systems, methods, features and advantages be included within this description, be within the scope of the invention, and be protected by the following claims."
For more information, see this patent: Cardamore, Dan. System for Selecting a Media File for Playback from Multiple Files Having Substantially Similar Media Content. U.S. Patent Number 8510301, filed
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