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Is iTunes Link Maker Patentable?
Posted By Barry Ritholtz On October 21, 2003 @ 11:47 pm In Web/Tech | Comments Disabled
Here’s a thought: If Amazon ‘s One Click purchase system is patentable  — and lets not kid ourselves, its nothing more than a browser cookie — then shouldn’t Apple ‘s iTunes Link Maker  be even more patentable?
This is more than a simple web interface — it’s a method of automatically generating the code”to create deep links to any music on the iTunes Music Store . Any user who copy-and-pastes that code into their own web page can drive traffic to any specific song, album or band on iTunes. Pretyy snazzy!
I’ve never seen that trick before — one click takes you to a specific song in an on-line music store, ready for listening or purchase. I’m not in favor of most of these stupid business model patents, but this one looks possible . . . I’ll have to do a patent search in the office tomorrow to see if Apple filed (unless someone else beats me to it).
One last thought on the iTunes Deep Song Link: Whenever I post, I now have a compulsion to point to whatever song happens to be playing at that instant; At the moment, its The Push Star’s “Drunk Is Better Than Dead.” 
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 patentable: http://www.internetnews.com/ec-news/article.php/4_713681/
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 iTunes Link Maker: http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZSearch.woa/wa/itmsLinkMaker
 iTunes Music Store: http://www.apple.com/itunes/store/
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