Audio streaming - (Very) basic questions

Discussion in 'Computing and Networks' started by atferrari, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. atferrari

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 6, 2004
    2,648
    761
    Audio streaming . Let me tell that besides knowing it runs "on line" I ignore most about it thus my eventually nonsensical questions.

    Wikipedia cannot explain all this and googling brings too much advertising.

    For your reference, I have never used iphones, ipads, tablets, androids and the like. My Nextel and my mobile are used just for SMS and phone calls.

    a) Lately I started to listen music the day long but wondering if keeping a PC involved isn't excessive just for that. Is the buffer implemented on RAM or in the HDD? This last seems to be working often for minute periods. Increasing RAM would reduce the activity? WINXP's tasks manager shows what seems little activity there.

    b) What would be the cheapest solution to have a dedicated "receiver" for the music? I Googled for AV receivers but they seem to require something else in between. Bluetooth is frequently mentioned.

    c) Could I buy one that I could plug directly to my ADSL? Prices seem suprisingly high, at least for me.

    Ah, while video could be involved, it is not my current interest. I do not even watch TV at all.

    Brief and to the point answers will be much appreciated.
     
  2. THE_RB

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 11, 2008
    5,435
    1,305
    Don't all the new little flatscreen TV's pick up heaps of digital radio channels?

    You just buy a $89 flatscreen 15" TV etc and set it to "radio". And if you are int he mood you can actually get TV channels too.
     
  3. Kermit2

    AAC Fanatic!

    Feb 5, 2010
    3,778
    932
    Audio is not nearly the bandwidth hog that video is. The task manager you mention shows this clearly... don't worry about streaming audio it will not come anywhere close to taxing your processing power.

    If you are experiencing lots of disk drive seeks and spurious spikes in activity via the task monitor while connected to a streaming audio server, then use one of the many free adware/spyware/malware blockers. I would suggest 'ghostery' since I use it and can vouch for its benefits.
     
  4. atferrari

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 6, 2004
    2,648
    761
    Since I do not care of advertising I am ignorant of what is being offered nowadays. Have to look at that.

    Gracias for replying.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013
  5. atferrari

    Thread Starter AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 6, 2004
    2,648
    761
    First time I hear of it. Giving a try now. Gracias.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2013
  6. t06afre

    AAC Fanatic!

    May 11, 2009
    5,939
    1,222
Loading...