Streaming Music, or more accurately known as streaming audio, is a way of delivering sound without the need to download files of different audio formats.
Streaming Audio Delievery
What is Streaming audio? A. Typically, if you want to listen to music, or any other type of audio, you need to download an audio file in a format such as an MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, or Flac for example. However, using a streaming delivery method, there isn't the need to first download a complete file. The basic way that this process works is that the audio file is delivered in small 'packets' in order for the data to be buffered on your computer and played virtually straight away. As long as their is a steady stream of these packets delivered to your computer, you'll hear the sound without any interruptions. This method of listening to music is particularly useful for situations that need instantaneous delivery, such as live broadcasts or music services that typically provide 30-second music clips before you buy.
As well as the obvious such as a sound card, speakers, and an Internet connection, you'll also need the right software. Even though Web browsers have the ability to play some streaming music formats, you'll also need a collection of software media players installed on your computer. Popular software media players include Microsoft Windows Media Player, Winamp, RealPlayer, etc. Because there are many streaming audio formats these days, you'll need to install a few of these players to be able to play all streaming music from various sources on the Internet.