Steve Jobs would never sit and wait while his song buffers as it comes down from his yet-unannounced cloud music service.That’s why Apple is going to store small pieces of all of your songs on your device, even if you choose to get all your music on-demand from their cloud music service.
At least that’s what a patent Patently Apple uncovered indicates.
We’re betting they’ll store the first 10-20 seconds of each of your songs on your device, so when you choose a new song, it’ll start playing immediately as your device hooks up with the cloud and starts downloading the rest of your song.
The cloud-streaming model today is that songs only begin playing once a significant part of the song has been downloaded.
See below for a screenshot of the patent that shows “sync partial music” in iTunes. The patent is called “Local Storage of a Portion of Streamed Media Items.”
(Via Patently Apple)
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