Streaming Pandora, Slacker, etc - draining my monthly data?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by 6stringR, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 16, 2010
    First of all, does streaming music from pandora/slacker/ take away from my monthly allotment of data? I assume so.

    Does anyone know of a music service that does NOT use up my data? I don't have wifi at work nor while I'm bike riding - the two places I stream music.

    Does iheartradio pull from my data limit?
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    Use your iPod to listen to music. No data usage.
  3. macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    Well there's always the iPod app but if you don't have any music you can check how much data it's actually using under the usage tab in settings
  4. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    When you find a streaming service that doesn't send data to your phone over 3G yet you can listen to music from it please let me know so I can patent it ASAP.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
    Use the slacker radio app: premium, 15bucks for 3 months, 50 for a year. You can store the radio stations on your phone when your on wifi, so no data usage while your "streaming" on the go.

    i use slacker and you can store 25 stations, i stored 25 but i will never use that many. you can also refresh them when on wi-fi. I like streaming usually and have unlimited sat so i could care less but at&t sucks so streaming doesn't work well.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Nov 20, 2008
    New York
    They all count towards your data usage. Check your usage statistics on your phone before and after streaming to get an idea of how much data is being used.

    There is an internet radio app that cache's up to 25 stations for offline listening. In theory, you should be able to cache these stations via WiFi and then listen offline without using any data. Unfortunately I forget the name of the app, maybe someone can chime in.
  7. macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
  8. macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2010
    I've got it! A music service that calls you so instead of data you use a ton of minutes!
  9. macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2009
    I streamed pandora for about an hour on my drive yesterday and my usage jumped about 56mb ... Not bad I thought
  10. macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    hate to revive an old thread but. oh well

    i dont know how some of you are geting 30+mb in 1 hour. (higher quality?)
    i am only spending about 15mb an hour using pandora. (the app)
  11. macrumors regular

    May 19, 2010
    you can buy a Griffin iFM... it is a small fm reciever that allows you to listen to the radio without data use.

    not as cool as pandora, but no data use, i know because it works with the ipod touch.
  12. macrumors regular

    May 19, 2010
    in the settings for pandora, you can change the setting s for Cell Network Audio Quality to Higher quality audio.
  13. macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    ah gotcha
    i am assuming this is for people docking their phone onto a speaker system because i dont see the phone itself being able to handle true high def audio output on those tiny speakers. Maybe a nice bose headset would help.

    But this is my 2nd day with the phone so what do i know?!?:p
  14. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    I 2nd this suggestion. Slacker's "cache" feature is great.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Dec 22, 2009
    I use Mog. It's $10/mo but you get unlimited access to their whole library from a PC, phone, iPad, etc. They have a VERY good selection and the interface on the iPhone is very nice. You can download songs or entire albums when you are on WIFI and then just listen to them while you are on the go without any data usage. My favorite feature is "Mog radio" where you can adjust a slider to either play only songs from one artist, or slide it to where it'll start mixing in similar artists (of course, this will use data because it's live streaming).
  16. macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2011
    is the cache feature only enabled if you have the paid version of slacker?
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2007
    Yes. You get a 7 day trial if you download slacker though. At least I got it last year.

    If anybody is interested, PM me your email address. I have a couple of 1 month trial premium subscription certificates left from my 1 year paid subscription.
  18. macrumors 601


    May 9, 2006
    I second this. MOG is excellent.
  19. macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    slacker Plus for $50 a year will let you cache your stations so you can listen when you don't have a signal. any cached station will play from the cache by default. just refresh over wi-fi at home
  20. macrumors 6502

    Jan 26, 2011
    I like that!

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