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Creative wins patent for organizing tables; Apple may owe royalties

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Creative wins patent for organizing tables; Apple may owe royalties

Creative Technology said Tuesday that it has been awarded a patent on the way Apple Computer’s iPod organizes music, a move that could force Apple to pay royalties on sales of the digital player.

Creative patented its method of automatically organizing digital music collections into categories, such as “artist” or “genre,” and presenting a series of simple on-screen menus to help the listener find a desired song.

Read the complete story(San Jose Mercury News)