Apple aims to nix buffering from streaming media

Apple is apparently planning to store snippets of content locally to speed up streaming media, according to a patent filing via Patently Apple.

Apple is apparently planning to store snippets of content locally to speed up streaming media, according to a patent filing.

Patently Apple surfaces a patent that dates back to 2009. The timing indicates that Apple has been playing around with a cloud music service well before all the talk of licensing deals with labels began.

In brief:

  • Apple is looking to store portions of content locally;
  • The stream will pick up the remaining portion of the media once the local playback has started;
  • Libraries could be mixed and matched depending on the device and storage available;
  • iTunes would likely connect to a user's library.
  • Options would be available to sync partial music, set connection speeds and lock down security features.

Patently Apple has data structure details as well as other items. Overall, Apple's approach is pretty interesting and could become the key asset as it launches its highly likely cloud music service.

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