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Old 02-10-2009, 11:05 PM   #1
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MP3 player file transfer


When transferring files to my generic mp3 player, the speed seems to go in spurts. It goes fast for a second or two, then slows until it stalls, then it speeds up and repeats the process until it is finished. I had this same problem with an ipod in the past. Any idea why this would happen?
 
Old 02-11-2009, 12:19 AM   #2
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I believe it's a buffering effect. The speed goes fast until the transfer buffer gets filled, then has to wait until that data finishes getting written and it empties again. I get the same effect with large transfers to usb devices also.

I wouldn't worry about it. I don't think anything you can do to change it that would affect the total transfer time in any appreciable way. But if you want, you can try to mount the device with the "sync" option, which means that data will be written directly to the disk, instead of being buffered. You'll probably get a steadier, but slower, transfer that way.
 
  


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