Creative says has patent covering iPod technology
Portable music player maker Creative Technology on Tuesday said it was awarded a U.S. patent that applied to Apple Computer Inc.'s iPod and other rivals.
Creative said it was considering its alternatives, but did not say whether it would file a patent suit, which is typically an expensive process, seek licensing agreements or even if it had contacted Apple, which had no immediate comment.
Creative said the patent covers the way music tracks are selected on a device using a hierarchy of three or more successive screens. On the iPod, for instance, users can scroll from artists to albums to songs.