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Subject: RE: Faster skip forward

RE: Faster skip forward

From: Stuart Tedford <>
Date: Wed, 11 Sep 2002 09:20:01 +0100

I have some ideas on this...
> 1) Having to load 5 secs of the next song just in case the
> user wants to skip it wastes buffer space.

Yes, but if we extend the original idea a bit this could work: after the
first 3 seconds of playback (while the disk is still spinning), and if the
user hasn't pressed next-track, then re-use that 5 seconds of buffer space
for the current song instead.

> 2) The mp3 buffer algorithm would be more complex, as it
> would have to skip the prefetched data if the user doesn't press next.

Not if we implement it as above - it would be buisness as usual in this

> 3) The extra directory lookup, seeking, ID3 parsing and bit
> swapping would probably take extra time

Yes, that is one drawback. But the extra time would occur in an already
time consuming process anyway - so it probably won't be noticable to the

> 4) The track change detection algorithm would be more complex as well.

Yes, this is another drawback. Any takers?

I don't mind waiting for the noraml load time if I choose to miss the 3
second next-track window, it is just annoying at the moment having to wait
when you instantly press next-track. I could argue that it wastes more
battery loading the entire file - only to have to skip to the next one
imediately afterwards.

Received on 2002-09-11

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