Any way to speed up 12-15 second delay in switching between tracks

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by AndyG, Oct 30, 2006.

  1. AndyG

    AndyG Guest

    Currently switching between streamed tracks, even in the same album in the
    final URGE WMP11 still takes about 12-15 seconds before you start to hear the
    new track playing. Is there anything that can be done to speed this up?
     
    AndyG, Oct 30, 2006
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  2. Streamed, as in tracks playing from online sites / media servers ?

    Try reducing your Network Buffering : Go to the small drop down
    arrows, choose More Options menu, then Performance.

    The default buffering will be checked, try temporarily setting Buffer
    and 1 or 2 seconds of content to see if that reduces the latency (and
    as a side effect, the reliability of streaming)

    Make sure your Connection speed onthat dialog closely matches your
    current available bandwidth, as that sometimes affects latency too -
    if you have eg a 1MBps broadband, set it to 768, if you have 4MBps set
    it to 1.5 LAN and so on. Don't go *above* your network bandwidth
    though or it'll have a detrimental effect on your online experience.

    Cheers - Neil
     
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Nov 1, 2006
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  3. AndyG

    AndyG Guest

    Connection speed I'm assuming is 'Download Speed' - as almost everyone has
    asymetrical speeds these days. This is set to T1 (1.5Mbps), even though I'm
    on ADSL (6M/768k). I reduced the buffering to 1 second of content and it
    still didn't seem to affect time to jump between tracks.

    Yes, I'm using URGE and streaming licensed content from the web. This
    affects me at both home and at work, both places have excellent, high speed
    internet.

    When I double click on a different track it takes roughly:
    9 seconds for the mouse to go to an hour glass
    1 more second for it to say ''Opening Media' then quickly 'Connecting to
    Media'
    3-4 more seconds before it starts playing

    Yes, it is likely to be DRM related, but the latest version of ITunes for
    example allows me to switch between tracks on the same machines in just 2-3
    seconds, and this includes starting videos streaming as well.

    Any other suggestions?

    Thanks,

    Andy.
     
    AndyG, Nov 1, 2006
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  4. AndyG

    Bob H Guest

    I'm giving URGE a try (currently w/ Rhapsody). I also find that there is a substantial delay or lag time from when I click PLAY to when the music actually starts.

    I also experienced quite a few pauses during playback on Friday night.

    I did find however I often could just download the track(s) faster then waiting for the streaming lag! Playback then from my local drive was flawless.

    Looks like some capacity planning is in order on the URGE side of things.

    Bob

    P.S. Saturday morning as I type this ... getting numerous pauses during playback, on the order of 4-8 seconds.



    : Connection speed I'm assuming is 'Download Speed' - as almost everyone has
    : asymetrical speeds these days. This is set to T1 (1.5Mbps), even though I'm
    : on ADSL (6M/768k). I reduced the buffering to 1 second of content and it
    : still didn't seem to affect time to jump between tracks.
    :
    : Yes, I'm using URGE and streaming licensed content from the web. This
    : affects me at both home and at work, both places have excellent, high speed
    : internet.
    :
    : When I double click on a different track it takes roughly:
    : 9 seconds for the mouse to go to an hour glass
    : 1 more second for it to say ''Opening Media' then quickly 'Connecting to
    : Media'
    : 3-4 more seconds before it starts playing
    :
    : Yes, it is likely to be DRM related, but the latest version of ITunes for
    : example allows me to switch between tracks on the same machines in just 2-3
    : seconds, and this includes starting videos streaming as well.
    :
    : Any other suggestions?
    :
    : Thanks,
    :
    : Andy.
    :
    :
    :
    : "Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media]" wrote:
    :
    : > On Mon, 30 Oct 2006 15:38:01 -0800, AndyG
    : >
    : > >Currently switching between streamed tracks, even in the same album in the
    : > >final URGE WMP11 still takes about 12-15 seconds before you start to hear the
    : > >new track playing. Is there anything that can be done to speed this up?
    : >
    : >
    : > Streamed, as in tracks playing from online sites / media servers ?
    : >
    : > Try reducing your Network Buffering : Go to the small drop down
    : > arrows, choose More Options menu, then Performance.
    : >
    : > The default buffering will be checked, try temporarily setting Buffer
    : > and 1 or 2 seconds of content to see if that reduces the latency (and
    : > as a side effect, the reliability of streaming)
    : >
    : > Make sure your Connection speed onthat dialog closely matches your
    : > current available bandwidth, as that sometimes affects latency too -
    : > if you have eg a 1MBps broadband, set it to 768, if you have 4MBps set
    : > it to 1.5 LAN and so on. Don't go *above* your network bandwidth
    : > though or it'll have a detrimental effect on your online experience.
    : >
    : > Cheers - Neil
    : > ------------------------------------------------
    : > Digital Media MVP : 2004-2006
    : > http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/mvpfaqs
    : >
     
    Bob H, Nov 4, 2006
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