Patent Number : 9,070,149
Patent Title : Media gifting devices and methods
Inventors: Lin; Gloria (San Ramon, CA), Mikhak; Amir Mahmood (Cambridge, MA), Nakajima; Taido Lantz (Cupertino, CA), Mayo; Sean Anthony (Dover, NH), Rosenblatt; Michael (Campbell, CA), Hodge; Andrew (Palo Alto, CA)
Assignee: Apple Inc. (Cupertino, CA)
Family ID: 1000001187125
Appl. No.: 12/286,447
Filed: September 30, 2008
Abstract: Various techniques are provided for the gifting between multiple electronic devices of media content provided by an online digital media provider. An offer and acceptance of a selected gift file is accomplished between a gifter device and a receiving giftee device using a near-field communication (NFC) connection. If a connection to the online provider is available, the gifter device may transmit a gift request by which the gifter’s account is charged for the gift file. Thereafter, a gift file created using DRM keys associated with the giftee’s account may be downloaded to the giftee device. If a network connection is unavailable, the giftee device may transfer a locked gift file and a corresponding gift license to the giftee device using a peer-to-peer connection. The giftee device may authenticate the license and unlock the gift file once a connection to the online provider is available.