Buffering is an annoying side effect of music streaming. If you listen to online radio or recorded songs on a streaming server, you likely have encountered buffering at one time or another. It occurs when your music stream is suddenly interrupted by silence. You might see the word "Buffering" on your server, indicating that the server has difficulty transmitting the data in real time. You can reduce or eliminate buffering altogether if you make the right adjustments to your online music experience.
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Click "Options" or "Preferences" on your audio streaming software. You can find this selection under your menu bar, sometimes under the "Edit" or "Help" menu. Locate your "Streaming Buffer Size," "Streaming Size" or "Streaming Speed" option, then select a faster streaming speed from the menu. If you have high-speed or Broadband Internet, you should select nothing lower than a 128k streaming speed.
Close other Internet-related programs. If you have online games in the background, music downloads or any websites that require an ongoing exchange of data, these can dominate your bandwidth and cause your streaming music to slow down. This results in buffering.
Listen to streaming music when your online network has little or no other activity. If you receive your Internet from a shared Wi-Fi signal, or if you share your network with other people in your home or office, this will impact your bandwidth and cause interruptions in your music streaming.
Clear your Internet cache. If streaming music from a website (as opposed to a program such iTunes, QuickTime or Winamp), you can reduce buffering by eliminating some of the stored memory from your web browser. Locate "Settings," "Options" or "Preferences" on the menu bar. Select the "Delete Cache" or "Clear Cache" option, usually found among the privacy settings.
Upgrade your Internet. If you still use dial-up, DSL or the cheapest broadband signal provided by your Internet Service Provider, you might lack the sufficient download speeds for streaming music from high quality audio sources. Resolve this problem by upgrading to a high-speed Broadband Internet connection.
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