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Real-Time Streaming of Multichannel Audio Data over the Internet

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On 1999 September 26, a musical performance at McGill University was transmitted in real time over the Internet to an audience at New York University. While Internet streaming audio technologies have been in use for several years, what made this event unique was that the audience in New York experienced high-fidelity, multichannel audio without interruption. In order to achieve this result, a custom system was developed, employing both TCP and UDP protocols and providing its own buffering and retransmission algorithms. The motivation for this approach is explored, and experiments justifying the decisions made are explained.:

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