The low-down on streaming: your data questions answered.
What is streaming?
Essentially, streaming is a way to receive a file (such as a movie, an episode of a series, or a song) over the internet without having to download it to your device or computer. You listen to the song, or watch the movie or episode, by having a constant, unbroken connection to the internet. You don't store the media file on your device, and so you cannot listen to it or watch it when you are offline.
It's great news for those of us who don't have piles of storage space on our devices - but it has its downsides too. You can only stream media if you have enough data on your device, or access to Wi-Fi, which brings us to our next question.
What does this mean for data usage?
Data is the fuel that powers your internet experience. Every time you connect to the internet, you are using data.
Streaming can quickly chew up a lot of data, especially if you're streaming high-quality video. You're getting about 30 pictures per second over the internet, plus sound, which means that you can use up 1GB of data in no time at all.
Music streaming doesn't use as much data as video streaming because audio alone isn't as data intensive.
If you don't want to use a lot of data, you can try streaming video or music over a free Wi-Fi connection, such as in a coffee shop, but often the internet speeds in fre...
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