Registered: Apr 2003
Thanks for the suggestions, but it's not the Airport upgrade, because i'm using a Linksys router. I also have upgraded to iTunes 4.0.1, so it's not that. I really think that what happens is that there are occasional glitches in the wireless signal. I live in the middle of he city, in an apartment building, so there can be interference from neighbors microwaves, phones, etc. Tivo doesn't have enough information buffered to be able to recover from these glitches without skipping.
My point though is that these glitches are unavoidable. Therefore, the Tivo software should be a little smarter about buffering. I've looked at my network traffic while a song is being played, and essentially, data it is constantly being downloaded from my server to the Tivo, a little bit at a time. In other words, it seems like Tivo downloads a few seconds of music, pauses, then downloads some more. I don't see why they don't just keep downloading until they have the entire song as soon as it starts playing. As it gets near the end of the song, it should download the next one, and so on. That way, any glitches would more likely be limited to the time between songs, where they are less noticeable and less annoying. Sure, if you stop a song in the middle and pick another one or another playlist, you "wasted" that download, but so what? It's not like it costs anything.
This, btw, is what the iPod does. It downloads about four or five songs (depending on length) into its buffer. So any skips happen at the end of songs. They're still annoying, especially if the thing locks up while you're jogging, but I think it's a better way to do it.
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