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Right folks, so I pretty much use Spotify every day on my iPhone.. I have a 1GB monthly contract.
However, if I spend any decent amount of time listening to music on Spotify (normally to and from work) my data usage seems to expire after 10/15 or so days.
Now, I have just this very moment changed my streaming from 320-Kbit/s to 96Kbit/s.. So will this make much of a difference to the amount of songs I can stream in a month? And if so, will there be a large difference in the quality of sound?
Would 160Kbit/s be a sort of happy medium between the amount of songs I can stream and the quality of sound?
Just looking for as much information as I can on the subject!
Also, a bit of an odd question but does anyone out there know how long it actually takes to stream a song on Spoitfy???
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Hi. I moved your post into the iOS section so it doesn't get lost.
To answer your questions,
1. Streaming at 96 kbps will give you 3.3333 times as much music as 320kbps for the same data usage.
2. Only you can judge the quality as much depends on the listener and the end equipment but I'd say that the difference will be pretty noticable and 160kbps may be a good compromise. Listen and decide for yourself.
3. I'm not sure why you ask the last question. If you have a solid LTE connection, it will finish streaming long before you finish listening to it I guess.
You do know that you can also download music over wifi before leaving home to save on data bandwidth?
Just doing some brief maths for you, this is assuming you have 1GB of data purely for Spotify just to make the calculations easier and ignores data caching which might occur if you listen to tracks more than once:
At 96kbps you can stream ~ 24 hours of content.
At 160kbps you can stream ~ 14.5 hours of content.
At 320kbps you can stream ~ 7.25 hours of content.
As Joe said above, synching tracks into offline mode whilst on WiFi is a good plan if you listen more than that!