Apple has filed a patent (20130041903) with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office for the categorization of digital media based on media characteristics. It involves the iTunes infrastructure across multiple operating systems.
Per the patent, digital media categorization can include receiving information including a plurality of media objects and a metadata tag descriptive of at least a first media object; comparing the first media object with a second media object; and selectively associating the first media object’s metadata tag with the second media object based on a result of the comparison. Each media object can include a digital image.
Here’s Apple’s background on the invention: “Digital media such as digital images or video can be generated, for example, by a digital camera, camcorder, television camera, or mobile phone. These digital images or videos can be labeled with descriptive information for future viewing, browsing, or searching. Such descriptive information can include, for example, a name of a person, a name of place, or event information. For example, a user can label a digital image depicting a person with the name of that person. Later, a user can search for images labeled with that person’s name.”
Gregory Charles Lindley and Timothy B. Martin are the inventors.