We heard early today that Apple have signed a deal with EMI for their new iTunes cloud music streaming service, and now the guys over at Patently Apple have discovered a new patent which is related to the yet to be announced iTunes streaming service.
The patent was filed in 2009, which obviously shows that Apple has been working on its iTunes cloud service for quite a while, and it reveals a unique approach to how the iTunes streaming might actually work.
Apple’s patent and invention is directed to locally storing portions of a media item that is streamed to an electronic device. In particular, Apple’s invention is directed to locally storing an initial portion of a media item from a user’s library, and requesting a stream of the remaining portion of the media item upon starting local playback of the initial portion.
Head on over to Patently Apple for lots more details on this newly discovered patent on Apple’s new iTunes cloud music streaming service.