ok folks, I've done a bit of research into this now and I've worked out exactly what Flash MX is doing.
Here was my situation:
A site on which the user could listen to a variety of sound clips. When they pick a section the piece of music streams down. In Flash 5, when they selected a different section the first piece of music would halt downloading, allowing the second piece to take the bandwidth and stream down.
In Flash MX however, even after the movie clip has been removed from the timeline, the piece continues to be downloaded in the backgroud, it doesn't play, it doesn't have any effect on the timeline. However it hogs the bandwidth and stops anything else being loaded in until it's finished.
I've hunted around a fair bit for a solution, some way of stopping a movie/mp3 being downloaded, but I have found none.
There must be a way of doing it, otherwise it's simply not possible to implement a properly streamed site any more.
No, I've been digging around the Macromedia site looking for a place to report it.
It's a very serious problem and needs to be addressed. All flash 4 & 5 content using dynamically loaded content will be effected. Flash applications will bog down the bandwidth, and even worse if a user leaves a url with flash content for another their bandwidth will continue to lag.
Yep, this is a massive problem.
One of the nicest things with Flash was that you could make very nice looking sites with plenty of content and have it all stream together with no loading times.
This is now not possible.
I'm sure that this is a bug and not a 'feature' that has been introduced, I can't see a positive side to it.
Does anyone know if this is a problem with FlashMX or the Flash 6 player? If it's with the player then all our Flash 5 sites will stop functioning properly too, and I can't think of anyway around it.
Tom it's definately the player. I have two machines one with flash player 6 and the other with flash player 5. The problem only happens when running the content through the version 6 player, and it doesn't matter if the content is in version 4 or 5.
I just want to know if they are aware of the problem and working to fix it. I've spent two years working on code for interactive streaming audio applications in flash, and clients expecting 85-98% coverage. What am I to tell them now, as more people get Flash MX their applications won't work right and their coverage will go down?
Good job, hopefully there will be a reply soon.
Macromedia have now got big problems.
Say my small flash site loads in a 50MB swf, goodbye bandwidth! Hello very frustrated user.
It also means that when browsing, if you have a look on a site and see that it has a large preload time you may decide to move on. This new bug means that even after you've moved on the large site will continue to hog the bandwidth.
Probably because the testers have broadband. I would have never come across the problem if it weren't for testing something with a dial-up and then using a bandwidth usage monitor to takea closer look on a broadband connection.