Apple cloud streaming: locally stored segments to cut lag
Uncovered patent suggests Apple has nifty plans to stop nasty buffering.
More details about Apple’s streaming service, tentatively dubbed iCloud, have emerged. An unearthed patent application which suggests the new service will rely on tracks being partially stored on iOS devices, to prevent any lag when skipping through tracks.
The plan will allow for one unified list of locally stored and cloud-based tunes. In order to cut out any buffering issues, users will be able to “sync partial music”, according to the patent.
Speaking of other streaming services, Apple says, “When the electronic device is unaware of the next media item to play back, the electronic device can require undesired pauses between media items. Similarly, when a user skips to a different media item for playback, the electronic device can require a long pause during which no media item is played back as the new media item is streamed to the device."
Apple’s idea means that when you choose a song or movie, it’ll immediately start playing, while iOS connects to your cloud-based digital locker to access the rest of the file. This will hopefully prevent any caching issues, which are a major setback on Spotify’s iOS and Android apps.
The Cupertino company is expected to release official details of iCloud at its WWDC event next month. Word is all four major record labels are set to sign off on licensing deals for the service next week. In the meantime, hit our Facebook and Twitter pages for more iCloud news as we get it.