I love to listen to streaming radio stations over the net.

November 30, 2014 at 07:52:34
Specs: Windows 7
There is a serious skipping problem in almost every radio station that I listen to, or try and listen to.
I have Windows 7, by the way!

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November 30, 2014 at 08:15:27
Depends on software used, but often the feature of caching is totally incorrectly used, be it that the added value of this feature is underused. A resulting feature is that music/sound streams are interrupted, because the time of interruption > the time of cached data.

This can be solved by having much larger caching, for example 60 seconds. You can have a network interrupt of 60 seconds, before you notice any problem. And 60 seconds is, in network context, a massive amount of time.

But instead, streaming software (certainly for video) is ignoring al of this, and the result is massive skipping issues. What's the problem that you see video, or hear audio with 1 minute delay ? You'll never know, but for the software it's a huge difference.

If software is written decently, and you have a constant ping of less than 60.000 milliseconds (which is huge) you should have guaranteed skip-free replay, if the caching is set to 60 seconds. Only the first 60 seconds of replay, can contain skipping, since cache is being build up.

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November 30, 2014 at 08:55:42
How about listing your complete system specs? Do you regularly scan for viruses & malware? Do you use "housecleaning" software such as CCleaner-Slim? Have you managed your start-up apps so that you don't have a bunch of useless programs loading & running in the background?


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November 30, 2014 at 09:35:16
Yes, as per #2, there is nothing like a stack of unnecessary programs or malware competing for the processor and RAM to slow things down.

It might be interesting to run this freebie just to see if it finds and fixes anything:
(green button top right)

If it finds anything copy/paste the log on here so that we can see what is going on.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks

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November 30, 2014 at 17:46:19
Right now I am listening to a radio station Q104.3 NY streaming via iHeart Radio which they support to my computer and I hear no skipping. Of course, my machine is very 'clean' (software wise), my internet connection is reasonably fast, I have 8GB RAM, and everything else runs well. As above, clean your machine out or at least clean your browser's history, cookies, etc., stop most programs from starting with Windows, uninstall programs you never use, and uninstall or disable browser add ons you do not specifically need. Then use an online speed test to see if your internet speed is reasonable, if not, contact your ISP about that issue (most speed testers will give you an idea what you should expect from your type of service). Finally, list your system specs to see if you have any hardware deficiencies that can be easily addressed.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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