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Old 2-19-11, 21:05   #1 (permalink)

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Does streaming music all day affect bandwidth usage?

It seems like if I turn my PC on and stream music all day on my day off that my internet connection gets slower but if I restart it is faster again. I really doubt that streaming pandora through firefox is slowing my computer down. It's kind of a beast.

Would comcast think I was downloading music or something illegal all day and cut down on my internet speed/bandwidth?

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they probably think you are torrenting or something,
MY ISP has unlimited downloads but if you download too much in peak times , they will slow you down for a while
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a lot depends on your area and the type of broadband your using.

any heavily populated area will have peak times of usage that will slow everyone down using the net. this is regardless of the type of broadband or the providers claims. (even FIOS)
I stream music 24/7, literally, and my net doesnt slow down, but Im not in a heavily populated area. I do see random delays/lag on occasion, but that happens regardless of what Im doing. the only thing I have noticed is the "cache" can become quite large, which will create a slow down on your system itself. and that will happen no matter how much of a beast your system is, that is due to your OS.

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Pandora is a big memory hog and leak. That's why it slows down everything.

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Can you get a program or something to automatically flush the memory cache in windows 7 at certain intervals? That might cut down on some of the lag I am experiencing. I am running 8gb of decent ram and pandora slows it down after 6-7 hours of streaming.

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If you're streaming that much pandora, I'm sure you have the five minutes to reboot your machine

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Haha I guess that's true Zach. I just leave it streaming on my days off but when I come back later it is all slow. I was just wondering whether I had other options or not. An automatic memory cache clearing program would probably work but I don't know where to find one.

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GLWT...you'll need a program to reboot your computer to do that

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why don't you just download music illegally and listen to it that way... like the rest of us normal people.
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there are such programs that will automatically clean the cache and release system memory, but I dont really remember much about them, I just remember reading about them.
plus they were designed for winXP, not sure if they would work in win7 or not.

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why don't you just download music illegally and listen to it that way... like the rest of us normal people.
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Nice! I will give that a shot. Thanks Nate.

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Try streaming through live365 instead. It has never slowed down my PC and I still run XP on a P4

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Grooveshark seems to be a bit better as well, though it's not really a true replacement for pandora.

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I did what that link said to do and it works much better. Thanks Nate!

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