AppleInsider has dug up a patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wherein a system of song snippets being locally stored on a mobile device, to eliminate buffering lag when streaming from Apple’s much-rumored cloud-based music storage service. The creatively titled “Local Storage of a Portion of Streamed Media Items” patent was […]
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Buffering Lag for Apple’s Music Streaming Service to Be Alleviated by Locally Stored Song Snippets

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AppleInsider has dug up a patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office wherein a system of song snippets being locally stored on a mobile device, to eliminate buffering lag when streaming from Apple’s much-rumored cloud-based music storage service. The creatively titled “Local Storage of a Portion of Streamed Media Items” patent was filed in November of 2009.

In short, this would cut down on local storage requirements, plus, by only having a few seconds worth of content at the song’s beginning, this would allow for content to be buffered in the background while the initial snippet is being played. The freshly downloaded section would then be attached seamlessly to the snippet for smooth playback.

The diagram in the report also shows, in the iTunes application window, options for storing content locally such as minimum connection speed required to take advantage of this service. This allows iTunes to gauge how much of the song should be stored locally to ensure smooth playback. Also, media could be stored on a users’ machine, a server, or Apple’s own cloud.

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