Apple iPhone patent “Methods and systems for mixing media with communications”

141643-media_sharing_300jpgApple has submitted a patent to the United States Patent and Trademark Office for the iPhone with the title “Methods and systems for mixing media with communications”. This basically goes into detail of how a user can share several forms of media during a call. This is certainly nothing spectacular but a move in the right direction, especially regarding video sharing. Imagine if you can share your music from iTunes also… isn’t this kind of Napster like? Here’s a brief description of this patent:

“A communications device may transmit a media item chosen by a user over a communication path also being used to transmit an established communications operation. The user may select a media item of any known type, including for example a musical selection, a video, a voicemail, a podcast, an image, or any other suitable media item. The user may select any suitable contact method for the communications operation, including for example, telephone, voicemail, email, text message, chatting, fax, or any other suitable method.

The present invention permits a user to initiate a communications operation with a recipient, or to receive a communications operation initiated by another individual, and to transmit a selected media item over the same communication path used for the communications operation without terminating the communications operation. This combined transmission can occur regardless of the type of media selected by the user to be added to the communications operation.”

Via: Mactropolis

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