-We both have iPhone 5s. Hers is on iOS 6.1.3 and mine is on 6.1.2.
-We always use the latest version of Spotify (0.6.3.16 as of today)
-We use "normal" bitrate
-We have Sprint so we're 95% using 3G
So my fiance has been dealing with excessive buffering over 3G with Spotify and I can't seem to fix it. I've tried disabling cross-fade and gapless, she's on "normal" playback, there's no syncing going on and I've reset everything (including the app). I got her to switch from Pandora but it looks like she's going back. The key issue here being that she never has any buffering issues with Pandora radio (free version).
This seems to be a major problem for Spotify and I'm wondering why it's happening. It happens on my phone as well (more often with Radio), but I can deal with it because I use tons of offline synced tracks and work from home. I don't think it's the 1-minute pause bug that I've read about because it's acting like an intermittent buffering issue, but the buffering is excessive given that our Speedtests will consistently be well over 96 kbps.
Is excessive buffering a known issue on iOS? Is it the app or something to do with the P2P nature of the network? I'm directly comparing to Pandora, which works great on the same phone/network, so it's something to do with the app or service. Could it be Pandora's lower default bitrate (apparently 64kbps)? Maybe Spotify should give us the option of streaming at that bitrate if 96kbps is the issue?