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Apple is working on a new kind of “audio hyperlink” technology (patent filing via AppleInsider) that would use audible or inaudible signals embedded in a music or other audio track to link out to other media, or to perform some function on the device when encountered. This would allow for devices like iPhones to perform a number of different functions upon encountering said hyperlinks, just like a user would when browsing the Internet and finding traditional ones.

Here’s a practical example: A podcast could embed said audio hyperlink, and then pause playback of the primary track when one hits, in order to either call back a specific segment from earlier in the podcast itself, or to open a second audio stream stored on the web and play that back, or even to open another app or call up a video or other website from the web. It could even…

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