There’s a whole network of blogs devoted to uncovering new Apple patents, and occasionally they relate to music. Such is the case for a patent application for “digital mixed tapes” that emerged this week. It’s a system by which people choose songs, videos, images and other digital media, arrange them into a mixtape-style format, and then gift them to a friend – complete (if they like) with restrictions on which songs can be skipped or how the song titles are revealed.

The patent also deals with issues like song licensing, pricing and details regarding cloud resources. All the usual caveats apply here: filing a patent does not mean something will become a commercial feature soon, or indeed ever. But it would be interesting if Apple is looking to go beyond pure playlist creation as a social feature for Apple Music. Although having dabbled with creating and sharing Apple Music playlists in recent weeks, we’d like to see the company make that basic process much less fiddly first.

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