A mechanism to separate a content item provided by a content item service into a first portion that is to be pre-cached by a device of a user and a second portion that is to be initially withheld from the device of the user. The first portion of the content item may correspond to a majority of the content item and may be transmitted to the device. Subsequently, the user may request playback of the content item. In response to the request, the device of the user may retrieve the second portion of the content item that was previously withheld from the user. The second portion may then be inserted into the first portion of the content item so that the complete content item may be played.
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Thomee, Bart, "Precaching of Incomplete Content and Its On Demand Completion", Technical Disclosure Commons, (May 09, 2017)