streaming mean? (FOR THE CURIOUS AND "AGGRESSIVE TO KNOW" MOBILE DEVICE BROKERS IN OUR TEAM)
"Streaming" is a generic term. It basically
means that the data being transferred can be used immediately, without having to download the "thing" in it's entirety
before it can be used.
audio or video will be decoded and played back immediately -- or once enough data has been transferred in order to start playback.
Basically, it will
play as soon as possible -- this means that your audience doesn't have to wait for the entire clip to download. Your movie
starts to play as soon as enough data has been downloaded.
This transfer streams audio using the "progressive download" approach. You don't need to deal
with proprietary server-side streaming software that costs more money and requires installation on your server.
"True" streaming actually means that
the data is played, then discarded immediately after it is played. Hence, no local copy of the file is stored. Technically,
Macromedia Flash can perform "true" streaming, however to do so requires an ensemble of server-side software plus
streaming-fees, which can be rather costly. Using the "progressive download " method is the least expensive way
to present audio/video on a website. Like "true" streaming, ther best "progressive download " method allows
a file to begin playing before it is fully downloaded.
......................A bit is a bit............................
Whether a bit is served through a "traditional" streaming
server (such as windows, quicktime, or shoutcast "streaming" server) or served by a "standard" web server...
the same bits are being transferred.
"Traditional" streaming servers and "standard" web servers just uses a different transport method.
Shoutcast and other "traditional" streaming servers do not transfer bits any fast or better than a "standard"
web server, they just transfer them differently.
Granted, "traditional" streaming servers are geared specifically for media, whereas "standard"
web servers are geared toward serving a variety of "things" -- so "traditional" streaming servers may
be a little more efficient, but they are still transferring the same volume of bits.