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Audio Streaming

Audio streaming is a technology that allows the steaming of audio files, such as music or voice-overs to your computer over the Internet. Usually, first you need to download an audio file in a format like MP3, WAV, WMA etc. if you want to listen to music, or any other type of audio. However, in case of audio streaming there’s no need to download the whole audio file first.

In audio streaming, the audio file is delivered in small “packets”. As the data arrives it is buffered for a few seconds and then playback begins. More data is constantly arriving (or streaming) as the audio is playing. As long as there is a steady stream of these packets delivered to your computer/mobile phone, you will hear the audio without any disruptions.

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