Audio Streaming

What Does Audio Streaming Mean?

Audio streaming is the practice of delivering real-time audio through a network connection. This type of data transmission requires certain protocols for handling the chronology of data packets or other transmission types, to provide the end-user with on-demand content.

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Techopedia Explains Audio Streaming

In general, audio streaming utilizes a buffering system and a secure data stream platform to allow end users to listen to full audio files without interruption. This type of data streaming also requires significant bandwidth. Experts point out that high-quality audio streaming is a somewhat recent phenomenon, and that in previous decades, a lot of major types of connections such as dial-up Internet or slower bandwidth offers would not accommodate uninterrupted audio streaming.

Much of today’s audio streaming is done through sophisticated mobile devices made to handle higher amounts of data streaming, along with voice communications and more, with high-tech regional networking systems to support this data use. Equipped with ultra-modern microprocessors and new operating systems, today’s class of mobile devices are some of the most elaborate and high-powered devices available on today’s consumer market, and accommodating good audio and video streaming is a major engineering component for dominant device makers. The provision of these data-intensive streaming services, and their popularity, is leading to frank discussions about the practical limitations of frequency spectrum, and bandwidth as a commodity.

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