The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted ReQuest, Inc. patent no. 09/884,661 which covers the synchronization of media including audio, video, and digital photos from a central media server to additional media servers and portable devices over a LAN or the Internet, via wired or wireless communications. The patent was filed on June 19th, 2001, which predates by several months Apple Computer’s original introduction of its popular iPod™.
NetSync is ReQuest’s proprietary, key enabling technology that allows its music servers and other audio-video component designs to share and exchange audio-video entertainment, setup and operations data, and to interact under the control of external “clients” including personal computers and personal wireless devices. Titled “Multimedia Synchronization Method and Device,” the ReQuest patent’s overview describes:
“A system for synchronizing a multiplicity of devices in a multimedia environment, comprising: at least one central storage and interface device, wherein audio, video, and photographic information including content information and content management information, relating to at least one user, are stored in digital form; and a plurality of zones each having a zone specific storage and interface device being capable of storing or interfacing with information stored in the central storage and interface device, wherein audio, video, or photographic information, relating to at least one user, contained within each one of the plurality of zone specific storage and interface devices and the central storage and interface device, are updated in relation with other zone specific storage and interface devices and the central storage and interface device, whereby the at least one user can be situated at anyone of the zones and access substantially identical audio, video, and photographic information related to the at least one user.”
This patent underscores ReQuest’s unique innovations in providing consumers and businesses alike the ability to automatically synchronize entire media collections between different devices, whether in different rooms via the home’s local network, or in different homes or even on different continents over the Internet. Today, that technology is expanded with support of synchronizing content and playlists directly from Apple Computer’s very popular iTunes™ software, to ReQuest servers in the same home as well as vacation homes.
“We’re very happy to have received our NetSync patent,” says company CEO Peter Cholnoky, “And we look upon this as an important milestone for our company. The patent validates ReQuest’s place as an innovator in home entertainment overall, and we look forward to actively marketing our technology to third-party providers and marketers of media devices and solutions, offering the opportunity to leverage our technology to add sharing and syncing of music, playlists, and movies or videos, to their own designs.”
Using NetSync, customers can easily access their content, create playlists, change metadata, and add new music to their ReQuest server, and all other devices are automatically updated. NetSync for iTunes adds automatic synchronization from ReQuest servers to iPods and iPhones. “NetSync allows content to flow seamlessly across multiple device platforms,” adds Cholnoky, “Customers can now create a playlist in iTunes, and when they arrive at their vacation home, the playlist is available on their whole-house audio system in-wall touch panels. NetSync technology makes it easy to keep media files in sync between multiple homes, iPods, and other devices.”
ReQuest, Inc.’s home-entertainment systems have set the standard for high-end digital media storage, management, playback, and system integration since 1998. The Company’s award-winning music servers and video-management systems are the accepted leaders in cutting-edge technology. The company enjoys being regarded as having the best service in the industry, with an installed base of more than 20,000 units. Recently, ReQuest was ranked by Inc. magazine as one of the top 500 fastest-growing private businesses in America for the second year in a row.