Apple granted iTunes user interface patent

Логотип Apple iTunesApple on Tuesday was awarded a long-awaited patent regarding the user interface of of the iTunes Store that incorporates past applications covering how a user browses, searches for and purchases content.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published patent 8,161,411 for a "Graphical user interface for browsing, searching and presenting media items" nearly 8 years after Apple originally filed the application in 2004.

The '411 patent describes iTunes as a standalone computer program that is able to organize, present and sell media pulled from an off-site server in an intuitive and easy-to-use format.

From the patent abstract:

Improved graphical user interfaces suitable for reviewing, browsing, previewing and/or purchasing media items are also disclosed. The graphical user interfaces are suitable for reviewing or browsing numerous media items. The graphical user interfaces are also suitable for previewing or purchasing media items in an on-line manner. The graphical user interfaces are particularly useful for a system that provides purchase and distribution of media in a client-server environment.

The patent provides for a graphical UI in which windows and sub-windows display media classified by data sets, moving from broad "genre" categories to the more specific "artist" or "song name." Hyperlinks are used to move through the aggregated data and appear as lists through which a user can navigate.

Parsing the information by rows, columns and lists in different sub-windows within the main iTunes window makes for a clean, information-rich interface that has become the hallmark of Apple's online store.

iTunes user interface patent

Apple officially launched the iTunes Music Store in April 2003 and filed the '411 patent a year later, claiming invention of the fledgling program's basic look and feel which was much like its Mac OS X "Jaguar" contemporary.

At the time, the iTunes Music Store UI had to handle 200,000 songs, compared to the well over 20 million available today. Due to the massive catalog, the program has seen significant backend changes since it was first launched, but even the latest version 10.6.1 which rolled out in March still carries the same basic design as the original.

As the amount of digital content on the store grew to forms of media other than music, the service was renamed the "iTunes Store" to reflect the various offerings available like movies, podcasts and ultimately books and apps.

First leveraging the popularity of the iPod, the iTunes Store now offers content to a variety of devices including the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. With the hot-selling iDevice product line and a powerful sales model, Apple's iTunes has become the world's largest music store and has served up over 16 billion songs and 25 billion apps to date.

Source: AppleInsider

Tags: Apple, iTunes

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