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Briefly: Apple files iPod tempo patent

updated 11:25 pm EDT, Thu May 25, 2006

iPod tempo patent

In Brief: An Apple patent filing reveals that the Nike+iPod products may be able to choose the song playing the iPod based on how fast you are running: "One aspect of the patent is to use your running speed to set the music tempo--if you're running slowly it'll play slower music--running faster--faster tempo music.".... MacNN has reviewed the Imation Micro Hard Drive, which "fits in the palm of your hand with room to spare."... Google and Dell have agreed to a first in a series of deals to preinstall Web and desktop search software--including the Google toolbar for Web and PC search, along with a co-branded home page--on Dell's computers, including those sold to consumers as well as some corporate customers.... Upgrading to QuickTime 7.1 and/or Mac OS X 10.4.5 may solve problems where streaming QuickTime video may fail on Intel-based Macs.... The latest update to iWeb 1.1 handles apostrophes differently from previous versions and may cause problems with bookmarks: Apple recommends avoiding using them.... One reader believes that a blocked vent (with laminate) during assembly of his MacBook was the cause for his heat problems, while Apple offers tips on notebooks' operating temperature.

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  1. bigpoppa206

    Joined: Dec 1969


    too bad...

    The iPod doesn't pitch the music itself up and down. Then every DJ in the world would want 2!

  1. porieux

    Joined: Dec 1969



    The most interesting thing about this would be if they added tempo detection to the ipod to do it....

  1. GORDYmac

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Old patent app...

    Based on the 3G iPod in the pics, this patent application was filed some time ago.

  1. ennerseed

    Joined: Dec 1969


    pitch adjust slider

    Actually bigpoppa206, if you look at the figure 10E. on this page , there is the possibility of a pitch slider, you actually can use it like a pitch controlled turntable, cd player, or dj program.

    I bet that Numark iDJ (and others) will take advantage of this as quick as possible.

  1. ccsccs7

    Joined: Dec 1969



    There is a BPM (Beats Per Minute, I presume) metadata tag displayed in iTunes. I often wondered what it was or could be for.

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