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Watch partially-downloaded videos in iTunes Apps
I believe this was introduced in 7.1, since I remember 7.0 not having it: You can now start playing a video that has not completely downloaded yet.

And no longer do you need to use the lead-in trick (start playing the track before it, then hit Next)—I mean that you can start playing the partial video directly, with the Return or Enter key or by double-clicking, as you would start a video that has completely downloaded.

Smartly, you can only do this if enough of the video has downloaded that you'll be able to play it through to the end without a pause. There are two ways to tell whether this is the case yet: The obvious way is comparing the "time remaining" in the download source to the length of the video, and the other is the downloading icon that appears next to the video's row in any source or playlist. If the icon is orange, you need to wait; if it's green, you can start it now.

And in case you're wondering: No, this doesn't apply to songs or audiobooks. Only video files can be played while partial.
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Watch partially-downloaded videos in iTunes
Authored by: Coumerelli on May 16, '07 09:03:54AM

I have to say, I've tried this many times over the last few months, and each time it stops downloading right when I begin to play it. I'll be watching it and -- it stops. Then I look and it's not completely downloaded. strange. any other suggestions?

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