Apple Applies for ‘Audio Hyperlinking’ Patent

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Apple has filed a patent application in the United States for a new kind of hyperlink: an audio one.

The patent could enable building audible or inaudible audio hyperlinks into apps for playback on podcasts and TV shows or for in-store sales, as Patently Apple noted. Apple’s official patent application states that these audio hyperlinks would give listeners a way “to access linked resources.”

The hyperlink may be conditionally traversed upon a user interaction or automatically upon detection in the audio stream, possibly pausing the audio stream containing the hyperlink during the traversal of the hyperlink and resuming the audio stream if the audio stream is returned to from the linked material. The linked material may be other audio content, but may also be any other type of desired content that may be accessible by the system processing the audio stream. Read more…

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