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Images: Creative's user interface

The company wins a patent covering user interface technology on digital music players--like those on Apple's iPod.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor
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Music library

A patent awarded to Creative Technology governs the user interface that lets someone navigate the screens on a digital music player. Here, the image to the right is a close-up of the screen on the company's Zen Micro, seen at left. Clicking on "Artists" takes you to...

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Artists

...a screen listing the performers or composers. Creative says the "Zen patent" covers all nine generations of its digital media players.

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Albums

This screen lists albums by a given artist that are on the music player.

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Tracks

Listings by track for a particular album.

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