Music, podcasts, shows, movies, games and other applications are some of the products being offered by iTunes. Due to the large sizes of some of these items, downloading speed is one of the major issues encountered affecting the users’ satisfaction.
What is Autobahn Accelerator?
Autobahn Accelerator for iTunes is a free application developed by Swarmcast in 2007 which optimizes your incoming bandwidth to speed up the process of downloading and streaming from the iTunes store. Autobahn Accelerator also accelerates videos on Veoh.com and MySpaceTV. Swarmcast claims to speed up downloads and streaming up to 10 times faster than usual.
How does Autobahn Accelerator work?
Multi-source streaming is the basic system used. It gathers information from several servers at once instead of the normal downloading route of the information being sent from a single server over a network and back to your computer. It does not utilize peer-to-peer transfers and no upstream bandwidth as well so it will not slow down your computer while it is running.
This helps eliminate the tendency of network delays and congestion. It also uses Forward Error Correction, a technique used for controlling errors in unreliable communication channels for more efficient data transfer which decreases packet loss.
How to get it?
The application is completely free of charge and is free of any dangerous spyware and adware. Installing Autobahn Accelerator is easy and it runs in the background whenever a media file is being downloaded from iTunes.
How well does it work?
The speed difference can be tested by detecting your speed via speed test sites before and after Autobahn Accelerator installation. Downloading time can also be recorded before and after installation. The downloading and streaming speed results can vary depending on your location, other activities you are doing on your computer, and your overall system speed.
Other information about Autobahn Accelerator and Swarmcast
Autobahn Accelerator is released by Swarmcast in 2007, introducing the multi-source streaming system. Major League Baseball (MLB) is their most popular client. Since 2009, it has been using Swarmcast technology with their NexDef plugin. This allowed HD video viewing for the viewers.
The Autobahn Accelerator platform was unique during that time but the multi-source streaming has now become the norm and has been duplicated by several companies such as Silverlight. Apple and Microsoft have also offered the multi-source streaming functionality. Swarmcast made major layoffs in December 2009 and changed its focus on trying to reproduce the technology as an embedded application in electronic devices instead of trying to license their platform to content owners. For more information on Swarmcast, visit this.
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