How To Choose Offline & Streaming Quality in Apple Music?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by AppleRobert, Jun 30, 2015.

  1. AppleRobert macrumors 603

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    Anyone figure this out for Apple Music?

    Maybe it just defaults to highest resolution available?
     
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  3. purpleparrotuk macrumors 6502

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    Looks like you can't change the streaming quality in apple music. Bit of a bummer for those with limited data plans.
     
  4. AppleRobert thread starter macrumors 603

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    When you stream or download music to a device, on most music services there is a setting to choose the resolution. What is so hard to understand?
     
  5. jmitch150 macrumors regular

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    It's not called resolution. That is what he is trying to get at.
     
  6. purpleparrotuk macrumors 6502

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    My bad but most knew what I was referring to more than likely.

    From what I have read, the music quality playback for streaming and downloads varies.
     
  8. purpleparrotuk macrumors 6502

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    50mb for a 3 and half minute song. Forget it.
     
  9. bboucher790 macrumors 65816

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    Is it known what the quality is streaming vs offline download?
     
  10. Rat-Boy macrumors 65816

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    Seriously?

    So 20 songs streamed = 1 GIG?

    What is the point then?

    I only have a 10 GIG plan amongs five phones. LOL...

    For some strange reason, I get the feeling you are either kidding, or just flat out wrong.
     
  11. firstapple macrumors 6502a

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    My guess would be something like 5MB?
     
  12. AppleRobert thread starter macrumors 603

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    I was just using wifi today, we will need to see how cellular data pans out. I'll try to do some testing tomorrow. A big strike if it eats up data, my plan is only 3GB.

    I wonder if Tmobile is going to include this in their unlimited streaming music.
     
  13. schlaufox macrumors regular

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    No option to choose the quality of downloaded music, though I very much assume it's 256kbps AAC (iTunes Plus) – the same as tracks sold on the iTunes Store.

    There's an Apple Support document somewhere which explains that streaming quality is decided based on available bandwidth, connection speed, etc.
     
  14. dumastudetto macrumors 68020

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    The files are about 2.2mb per minute of audio in iTunes (I've just downloaded a bunch of what I added from Apple Music). So if you get the same quality streaming, you're probably looking at something like 132mb per hour of constant streaming.
     
  15. tonyr6 macrumors 65816

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    I wonder too. The only way is to try to stream a couple of songs on mobile and see if it counts towards your usage.
     
  16. flur macrumors 68000

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    Does anyone know - if you've got a list that's mixed downloaded and not-downloaded songs, does it only stream the not-downloaded songs?
     
  17. schlaufox macrumors regular

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    I took an album from Apple Music and saved it to My Music. I then only downloaded one track. I played other tracks from that album and noticed that they had a slight delay before they played due to having to buffer first. There was no such delay with the single track from that album I had downloaded.

    So from that, it seems that it's smart enough to stream tracks that need to be streamed, and conserve bandwidth by accessing local copies of those tracks you have downloaded, even when a data connection is available.
     
  18. bboucher790 macrumors 65816

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    No. Just no.
     
  19. purpleparrotuk macrumors 6502

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    I was using a data app on android and it said I used 55Mb data. My networks tether plan said 7 meg. That's still way over my 2gb tether limit per month. Even if I just use it 1 hour per day.
     
  20. oats555 macrumors newbie

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    If you go to Usage in Settings, then click on Music, it actually breaks down how much space is being used by each saved artist/album/song. I'm generally anywhere from 3.5-7mb per song saved. I assume the streamed mb would be the same.
     
  21. OllyW Moderator

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    You are correct, the variable bit rate has now been confirmed by Eddy Cue on Twitter.
     
  22. satchow macrumors 6502

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    I doubt Apple is streaming FLAC
     
  23. purpleparrotuk macrumors 6502

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    OK so I have done another test and some very weird results. Using my iphone 4s tethered to my Nexus 6, 5 minutes of music uses approx 50mb! But my 4s tethered to an Iphone 6s only uses 10mb of music. Can someone please help clarify why the big difference? (both on the same cellular network)
     
  24. MentalFloss macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, everyone knew. Some people on the Internet just need to reconfirm their superiority by going "Hahahahaha! LOL He said a wrong word! Haha! He didn't know something that I know!! Hahahahaha! Hurrdurr! How funny!" instead of saying "I think you meant <this> instead of <that>." @richwoodrocket seems to be one of these people.
     

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