Disclosed herein is a method for automatically transitioning a video media content stream to an alternate stream that is audio-only when the streaming device connects to an audio-only playback mechanism. The method manifests as a feature within a video sharing application. The application is provided with a setting that automatically transitions the video content stream to an audio representation of the same stream when the client device connects via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or headphone jack to a speaker device. Similarly, when the audio-only speaker device is disconnected from the client device the application resumes streaming the video stream. The method automatically enables the audio-only mode when the user is in the appropriate context (e.g., when driving). The method is also useful for other applications that are appropriate for audio-only playback including those related to sports, or news applications that work well with audio-only playback.
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Lewis, Justin and Rapp, Richard, "Automatic Audio-On Media Content Streaming", Technical Disclosure Commons, (October 11, 2016)