Streaming quality does nothing

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Streaming quality does nothing

whyitnowork11
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Plan

Premium

Country

USA

Operating System

Manjaro Linux

 

I check audio quality with:

➜ ~ rm spotify.log; spotify --log-file=spotify.log

No matter what I do it always streams at "bitrate: 160000 bits/s".

 

Things I've done:

- Double checked my account is premium (unless it's bugged or something, not recent premium, have had it for awhile).

- Tried the official snap version and also arch AUR build.

- Toggling stream quality in settings does nothing. Auto, high, very high, low all does the same thing and streams at the same bitrate. (I restarted app after everything change).

 

Can argue maybe I can't hear the difference between high and very high. But for sure I can tell the difference if it actually set the quality to low! So the logs are reporting correctly, and the setting doesn't do anything.

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Re: Streaming quality does nothing

Sebasty
Rock Star 18
Rock Star 18

Hey @whyitnowork11 

 

The quality settings affect the bit rate, not the sample rate.
Currently you're on 160kbps bitrate, which is equal to High. Very High is 320kbps.

 

Spotify client set to Very High streams 16bit 320kbps Ogg Vorbis. There is no higher sample rate available than 16bit.

See this for more information about bitrates across platforms Spotify supports.

Does it still streams at 160kbps when you set the client to be Very High?

Let me know how it goes, have a nice day 🙂

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Re: Streaming quality does nothing

whyitnowork11
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Thank you for reply, there is some confusion, I never was talking about sample rate. This is completely about bitrate, it's stuck at 160kbps no matter the setting.

Low, normal, high, very high, auto = 160kbps always according the log. Even if log is misreporting, I can hear there is no difference. Even to the average person the difference in sound quality between low vs high would be noticeable. But there is no difference, it always streams at 160kbps.

Re: Streaming quality does nothing

Sebasty
Rock Star 18
Rock Star 18

@whyitnowork11 

 

Alright, thanks for clarifying! This is indeed weird.

What version of Spotify are you on?

Did this start happening recently, or has it always been an issue for you?

 

Try turning off Volume Normalization, unless you already have done so.

 

See if your audio quality is what it should be by running

 pacmd list-sinks | grep sample

in the Terminal.

 

Keep me posted 🙂

 

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Re: Streaming quality does nothing

whyitnowork11
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Spotify version 1.1.55.498.gf9a83c60, Copyright (c) 2021, Spotify Ltd
I've tested both AUR & snap version.

Turning off Volume Normalization doesn't affect anything. Also I'm using pipewire by the way. And I've tried `rm -rf ~/.config/spotify`.

I'm convinced it's a bug. I swapped to OS X (big sur) and did the same tests, it is "stuck" there too. The setting does not do anything. However I am getting 320kbps on OSX. Changing it to "low/normal/high" does nothing to the bitrate.

So I am very convinced now the quality setting is stuck on AUTO (default). It defaults to 160kbps on my Linux system, and 320kbps on my OSX system.

Try it yourself @Sebasty try changing to low, does your bitrate change?

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