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Sony Ericsson patenting geotagged songs

updated 03:30 pm EDT, Mon May 12, 2008

Sony Eric Geotagged Songs

Sony Ericsson is patenting a system that would tie songs to specific locations, says a new filing within the US. Proposed technology for a "location dependent music search" would use GPS or a similar mapping method to determine the phone's location and promptly find music associated with the area, whether on the device or on an Internet server. The feature would let users cue songs they associate with favorite areas or download songs from local artists.

The patent, published late last week, was originally submitted in November 2006 and isn't necessarily expected to translate into a shipping product. However, the technology already exists in shipping Sony Ericsson phones to use real or assisted GPS for a position lock as well as to download RSS subscription feeds, making the addition of the feature relatively simple. [via Dial-a-Phone]

by MacNN Staff



  1. rytc

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Is something like this which is so generic, really a valid patent? I mean people have associated places with music for ever, using GPS to automatically do this hardly seems novel....

  1. WiseWeasel

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I can finally have some proper entrance music when I come home at night...

  1. tonton

    Joined: Dec 1969


    A good idea?

    In this day and age of the global citizen, this just seems dumb. I'm an American living in Hong Kong who loves British indie music. I bet SE would try to shove Twins and Kelly Chen down my throat. No thanks!

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