Sonos has been granted a patent for a playback device that can play audio content based on user commands and account properties. The system can detect user identities, determine playback conditions, and select media content accordingly. This innovation enhances personalized media playback experiences. GlobalData’s report on Sonos gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

According to GlobalData’s company profile on Sonos, A/V playback synchronization was a key innovation area identified from patents. Sonos's grant share as of January 2024 was 61%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Personalized audio content playback based on user account and conditions

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Sonos Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11886769B2) discloses a playback device that includes a processor, a computer-readable medium, and program instructions stored on the medium. The device is designed to play back audio content based on user account properties and playback conditions. It can determine and play second audio content based on user account information, playback conditions, and even location-related conditions. The device can also consider playback history, model number, configuration, and settings of the device to determine the audio content to be played.

Furthermore, the patent covers the provision of promotional audio content, retrieval of information from a remote computing device related to user account or playback device properties, and the association of second audio content with specific playback zones. The patent also extends to tangible, non-transitory computer-readable mediums provisioned with program instructions for playback devices to carry out the described functions. Overall, the patent outlines a sophisticated system for personalized audio playback based on a variety of user-related and device-related factors, enhancing the user experience and engagement with the playback device.

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