US 9,813,827 B2
Zone configuration based on playback selections
Robert A. Lambourne, Santa Barbara, CA (US)
Assigned to Sonos, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA (US)
Filed by Sonos, Inc., Santa Barbara, CA (US)
Filed on Oct. 3, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/505,966.
Application 14/505,966 is a continuation of application No. 13/892,230, filed on May 10, 2013, granted, now 8,886,347.
Application 13/892,230 is a continuation of application No. 11/853,790, filed on Sep. 11, 2007, granted, now 8,483,853, issued on Jul. 9, 2013.
Claims priority of provisional application 60/825,407, filed on Sep. 12, 2006.
Prior Publication US 2015/0058727 A1, Feb. 26, 2015
Int. Cl. G06F 17/00 (2006.01); H04R 27/00 (2006.01); G05B 15/02 (2006.01); H04R 3/12 (2006.01); G06F 3/16 (2006.01); H03G 7/00 (2006.01); H04N 21/436 (2011.01); G06F 3/0482 (2013.01); G06F 3/0484 (2013.01); H03G 1/02 (2006.01); H04H 60/80 (2008.01)
CPC H04R 27/00 (2013.01) [G05B 15/02 (2013.01); G06F 3/0482 (2013.01); G06F 3/04842 (2013.01); G06F 3/16 (2013.01); G06F 3/165 (2013.01); H03G 1/02 (2013.01); H03G 7/00 (2013.01); H04H 60/80 (2013.01); H04N 21/43615 (2013.01); H04R 3/12 (2013.01); H04R 2227/005 (2013.01); H04R 2430/01 (2013.01)] 20 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method comprising:
displaying, by a controller device, a plurality of zone names via a display interface, each zone name of the plurality of zone names representing a respective particular zone of a plurality of zones, wherein each zone in the plurality of zones contains at least one player configured for multimedia playback in that zone;
displaying, by the controller device, a plurality of playback selections comprising a first playback selection that identifies first multimedia content for playback by a first zone of the plurality of zones and a second playback selection that identifies second multimedia content for playback by a second zone of the plurality of zones;
receiving, by the controller device, a command for a zone group to play a selected one of the first playback selection or the second playback selection, wherein the zone group includes the first zone and the second zone;
while displaying the first and second playback selections, receiving, by the controller device, the selection of one of the first playback selection and the second playback selection; and
transmitting, by the controller device, a zone group configuration to one of the first zone and the second zone, wherein the zone group configuration includes instructions to facilitate synchronized playback, between the first zone and the second zone, of the selected one of the first playback selection and the second playback selection.