Apple’s iTunes Store is Finally Patented

After nearly eight years, Apple has finally been awarded a patent related to the iTunes Store user interface, says Patently Apple. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has credited Apple with Patent No. 8,161,411, which is described as a “graphical user interface for browsing, searching and presenting media items.”

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.

Now that Apple has acquired this patent, which it filed for in 2004, the Cupertino-based company might choose to proceed with overhauling its iTunes Store and App Store designs as rumored in past weeks. Apple’s iTunes Store has already changed drastically since it applied for this patent eight years ago, with the additions of TV shows, movies, music videos, apps, iBooks, and more alongside songs and albums.

[Patently Apple via CNET]

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