The difference between music streaming and music downloading

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james_donovan
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Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:10 pm Reply with quote

The difference between music streaming and music downloading. we might think that streaming a content and downloading is technologically the same. But it is not. I recently read an article on usenet that formidably explains the difference.

A subscription to a music streaming service enables the user to access a large variety of songs via desktop app, browser or mobile app. Users can usually browse and bookmark their favorite songs and create their own playlists. Many streaming services also provide their own playlists for different occasions and moods. As already mentioned, streaming might not be suitable for on-the-go usage (provided they do not offer an offline mode where you can “download” the music in beforehand).

The radio station feature offered by some of these providers lets the user choose a song and continuously plays similar songs. However, these matches can be inaccurate due to being chosen by an algorithm and the station might play something entirely different after a few minutes. For this reason, some providers offer users to train their station by education it on which chosen songs fit and which do not. This is unfortunate for the idle listener, who only wants to listen without being required to pay attention to the app.

The reason why we are even mentioning streaming is, because some providers of streaming service let subscribers download songs, too. However, these songs are usually not locally saved in a conventional format and can only be opened from within the application, often requiring the user to go online and log in at certain intervals to verify there is still an active subscription. So, on the one hand you have features that can be pretty useful like the radio station, but on the other hand you are dependent on the providers’ application and after your subscription wears off, you will not be able to listen to your music without an internet connection, even if it was “downloaded” for offline use during the period where the subscription was still valid.usenetusenet
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