Apple Cloud Music Service Tackles Buffering Using Local Files

A recently disclosed patent reveals Apple’s potential solution to the common streaming issue of delay. The patent outlines a strategy where tiny portions of media files are stored on the device.

For instance, the initial part of a song could be stored locally, allowing immediate playback while the remainder of the song loads from the cloud. This approach aims to eliminate the frustrating wait time from when a song is selected to when it starts playing.

Typically, cloud services experience a delay from the moment a song is chosen to when it starts because the file needs to be fetched from a remote server.

This patent is particularly timely as Apple is rumored to be on the verge of introducing a new cloud-based digital music service. Implementing this feature could significantly enhance the user experience, setting Apple apart from competitors like Amazon and Google.


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