Apple’s Cloud Streaming Could Rely on Small, Locally Stored Song Segments

Posted on May 19, 2011 by

A new patent application discovered by AppleInsider entitled “Local Storage of a Portion of Streamed Media Items” describes a device like an iPhone having pieces of songs synced to it using iTunes.

Using this method, users could dramatically reduce the amount of storage used by their music library on their mobile device. Segments of the song would be stored locally, and the iOS software would fill in the gaps by obtaining the rest of the track from a file stored in the cloud.

Apple’s application notes that with current streaming methods, a device must cache a sufficient amount of data for a media item. Only when enough of the file has been downloaded can streaming begin.

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