ApplicationNo. 593295 filed on 01/29/1996
US Classes:375/220, Transmission interface between two stations or terminals725/64, Two-way725/92, Mass storage725/96In accordance with server or network congestion
ExaminersPrimary: Chin, Stephen
Assistant: Vo, Don N.
International ClassesH04B 001/38
AbstractA system for creation of user-selected customized audio products, defined as a plurality of songs from different recording artists recorded on a single compact disc (CD) or digital audio tape (DAT) cassette, at record store/distributor locations utilizing a digitized, central database with production hardware at distributor sites. Customized products consist of CD ROM or digital audio tapes (DAT) with music or voice content selected from large digital database, and are written at local workstations at distribution centers (such as record stores) which are connected by a high-speed communications network. The system records costs of the digitized audio (e.g., royalties for individual songs) for billing purposes, as well as producing descriptive material (contents, background information, and graphics for labels, etc.). Data transfer and production is faster than real-time, and thus will be a significant improvement and will tend to reduce current analog hardware-to-hardware transfer ("pirating") which violate copyright laws and is unauthorized. The system consists of integrated, state-of-the-art digital databases, communications networks, computer workstations, and unique workstation processing software, and provides an innovative product/service (individual customized albums or audio data compilations) which currently do not exist.