Audio streaming is a method of playing audio files from the web. The audio is played as it arrives off the internet. The file is not preserved on the computer (avoiding time-consuming downloads of large files), so a network connection must be sustained to play the audio file. Several different, and often incompatible, formats are available for audio streaming, both proprietary and non-proprietary (free and open source software).
Style information: Note the possibility of using the verb "to stream". Along with audio, video can also be streamed.
Source: Deliver Your Media, Streaming Audio Primer (Part 1): How to Put Streaming Audio on the Internet and Media UK
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