08843228 is referenced by 18 patents and cites 60 patents.

In general, techniques of controlling a plurality of multimedia players in groups are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a mechanism is provided to allow a user to group some of the players according to a theme or scene, where each of the players is located in a zone. When the scene is activated, the players in the scene react in a synchronized manner. For example, the players in the scene are all caused to play a multimedia source or music in a playlist, wherein the multimedia source may be located anywhere on a network.

Title
Method and apparatus for updating zone configurations in a multi-zone system
Application Number
13/896829
Publication Number
8843228 (B2)
Application Date
May 17, 2013
Publication Date
September 23, 2014
Inventor
Robert A Lambourne
Santa Barbara
CA, US
Agent
Hanley Flight and Zimmerman
Assignee
Sonos
CA, US
IPC
H04R 3/12
H03G 7/00
H04N 21/436
G06F 3/16
G06F 17/00
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