Streaming Music and its affects on battery life?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by kalexn, Nov 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502

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    I know there are lots of threads on battery life but I have been searching for people's battery life when they are streaming music to see how long they get.

    I am streaming music in the morning on 3G and I have 5 bars. I don't have any other programs running. I probably get 3 hours of streaming and am down to 50-60%. What does everyone else notice?

    Thanks!
     
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    OP, I updated your title to make it a little more descriptive. When titles are ambiguous you unintentionally impact the level of participation.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thank you! I was afraid to write battery life and people would chime in saying there were too many posts about battery life. :)
     
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    I find streaming impacts my battery life on my ip4 significantly more than listening to locally stored music through the music app. I can't give you any hard numbers though. :eek:
     
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    I stream the radio on my iPhone 5, it tends to go down pretty quick. I streamed my radio for about 45 minutes this morning and total usage is at 2 hours and 16 mins and I am at 63%.

    I honestly think that there is something up with my battery, might have to make a genius appointment this weekend.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 6502

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    No that sounds about right with how mine is impacted too. So I am thinking it isn't the battery but streaming that does that. On days when I don't stream I can last the whole day without a recharge but when I stream the radio it depleats it FAST.
     
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    This is usually a non-issue for me because whenever I am streaming music I am usually at a place where I can have the phone plugged into a power source.
     
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    When I stream spotify I find it to be similar. Maybe 15-20% / hour. When I listen to downloaded podcasts on my commute its maybe 1-2% an hour.
     
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    okay this makes me feel better. Guess I should listen to podcasts instead :) Or keep it plugged in.
     
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    I usually stream Rdio and SiriusXM via bluetooth in my car. I have noticed that my battery drains quicker when using the SiriusXM app than when I use the Rdio app. During a recent two hour drive up to NYC, I streamed SiriusXM the entire trip and my battery went from 68% to 30% in that span. I also had the maps app open to use for turn by turn directions. Needless to say, I had to connect my phone to my car charger on the trip back home later that night.
     

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