On May 10, 2011, Apple was granted US Patent 7,941,555, Management and prioritization of media item downloading. The inventor is Anne Jones.
The claims broadly cover an apparatus that displays a list of media items for download, begins downloading one, checks to see if additional concurrent downloads are allowed, and if so, begins those downloads, as well. This seems to describe the normal operation of recent versions of iTunes.
Claim 9 reads:
9. An apparatus adapted for concurrently downloading media items, comprising:
- a display;
- a processor; and
- a memory, wherein the apparatus being configured to:
- (i) display a list of media items to be downloaded to the apparatus and stored in the memory, the list of media items including two or more media items;
- (ii) initiate download of a media item from the media items listed in the list of media items;
- (iii) determine whether the number of media items being concurrently downloaded to the apparatus is at a predetermined maximum number; and
- (iv) initiate concurrent download of another media item from the list of media items to be downloaded if it is determined that the number of media items being concurrently downloaded is less than the predetermined maximum number, the download of the another media item being concurrent with the media item.
The application was a continuation of application 11/519,980, filed Sep. 11, 2006, now U.S. Pat. No. 7,707,273, Management of Prioritization of Media Item Downloading.