Apple, Others, Sued Over Shazam App

Apple and several other companies are infringing on Tune Hunter's music identication system patent, according to a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Texas.

According to Cnet, the patent, awarded to Tune Hunter in 2005 covers:

a music identification/purchasing system, specifically to a method for marking the time and the name of the radio station in portable device such as a key holder, watch, cellular phone, beeper or the like which will allow the user to learn via internet or regular telephone the name of the song, artist and/or music company by matching the stored data with broadcast archive.

Also named in the suit are Shazam Entertainment, creators of the Shazam iPhone application,, AT&T Mobility, Gracenote, LG, Motorola, Samsung, and others. The suit claims that Shazam's service violates the patent, and that the other named companies are benefiting from the infringement. (Shazam was one of PC World's Best Free Apps and Services for Your Phone)

The Texas Eastern District Court has become a popular place for filing patent lawsuits recently because of a reputation for fast (and therefore less expensive) trials.

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