Massive data usage - iTunes Radio?

Discussion in 'iOS 7' started by luckydcxx, Jul 30, 2013.

  1. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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    I tried searching the forum but didn't see anything related to the topic. I am halfway through my billing cycle and already used nearly 5gigs of data. Before ios 7 beta I was good for about 2 gigs a month. The only real change I have made is that I have been listening to iTunes Radio a lot over LTE.
     

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  2. bbfc macrumors 68030

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    Then that will be it surely. Have you got unlimited data?
     
  3. luckydcxx thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hmm this will definitely be a problem for non-unlimited data users. Thank God I have unlimited. I'm on pace for 10 gigs of data this month. Never had this problem with pandora.
     
  4. bbfc macrumors 68030

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    It could be because its a beta, maybe usage will be reduced when its release. I don't know. People who do not have unlimited data (i feel sorry for them) would benefit from a pop up that says something about how much data iRadio will consume.
     
  5. Zimmy68 macrumors 65816

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    Wait, was there a question here?

    You have been streaming lots of high quality audio via LTE.
    Your data usage went way up.

    Seems pretty simple to me.

    I remember last year, with the iOS6 beta, getting hit with high data usage, just using the turn by turn directions on a 2 hour drive.
     
  6. luckydcxx thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I don't really care that it's using the data ... I can see this being a problem for people without unlimited data. Not sure if the quality is is better then Pandora but I could listen to pandora all month and never come close to 5 gigs.

    Hopefully when ios 7 comes out of beta they change this or I can see people without unlimited data not using iTunes Radio after they see their first months bill.
     
  7. bbfc macrumors 68030

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    Surely they'll make a switch for it in settings (is there one now?) with a disclaimer stating that iRadio uses data etc.
     
  8. luckydcxx thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Let's hope .. I just did a little research and it seems that pandora streams in 64k AAC+ ... Maybe iTunes Radio is 192kbs.

    A switch to change the quality would be a great idea.
     
  9. iCarabma macrumors 6502

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    Did you download the Beta files over cellular? That could be a contributing factor. And I agree with those suggesting that it's possible it will consume less as the refine it, but as someone who also has unlimited data you can still get throttled. Which probably won't affect radio at all, but sucks for video and general web speed.
     
  10. Nikos macrumors 68000

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    You can see exactly how much data each app and system service is using under Settings -> Cellular.
     
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    You can't download the Beta over cellular, it's wifi only.
     
  12. luckydcxx thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hard to tell from that because I haven't reset my statistics since june 11. I thought it would be automatic.

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  13. iCarabma macrumors 6502

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    I did not know that, thx.
     
  14. BobNoxious macrumors newbie

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    The reason is the "cellular fallback" feature of ios 7 beta. Cellular fallback, which was in an earlier iOS 7 beta. This technology would automatically switch to a cellular connection if a WiFi Network was bad due to a cable modem or router issue. Now it is called "WiFi plus Cellular" ... still bad if you are on a cap and you thought you were streaming youtube to your wifi and instead used up your data.
     
  15. MozMan68 macrumors 68000

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    Just downloaded My Data Manager app today to check this kind of stuff. Free and will tell you not only how much data you are using but which apps are using it. :)
     
  16. TheKrs1 macrumors 6502

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    Or, just check it out in Settings --> Cellular, as previously suggested?
     

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  17. MozMan68 macrumors 68000

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    The app automatically resets the data usage though based on either your billing cycle or any other time frame you wish. What you see on the phone is the usage from when you last reset it (if you ever did).

    With the app, you can set it to reset monthly based on your carriers billing date so it can warn you if ou are getting close to your limit or any other limit you may set. Also tracks wifi versus cellular and the locations you accessed either of those. Pretty cool if you love checking out metrics.
     
  18. portishead macrumors 65816

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    You should get in the habit of resetting these at the end of your billing cycle, ESPECIALLY for betas. Ideally, Apple would include a feature to reset it automatically, and email you the data each month. How awesome and simple would that be?
     
  19. TheKrs1 macrumors 6502

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    Cool idea but instead of email, it should display in notification center.
     
  20. MozMan68 macrumors 68000

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    Or you can just get the free app I mentioned and it will do all of that and more for you...:p
     
  21. TheKrs1 macrumors 6502

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    A) I would like the OS to do it, not a third party app
    B) It won't work for me, as I understand it requires a profile to be installed, and I'm already being managed with a corporate profile that blocks others?
     
  22. portishead macrumors 65816

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    yeah that would work too
     
  23. fullauto macrumors 6502a

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    Double edge sword. Bummer for excess usage, awesome for better quality audio. Most medium plans are 1.5-2gb pm data allowance here in Australia.. Hopefully this could push increases.
     
  24. Chazz08 macrumors 6502

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    Oh, here come the smarta**es. Read the whole thing. He said it was using more than Pandora, also high quality audio that he used via LTE.
     
  25. MozMan68 macrumors 68000

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    Not sure about your second point. One thing I did notice last night is that the app is not optimized for iOS7 as it does not show the individual app percentage usage...but that is now a feature of iOS7, so not a big deal. I really do like the way it shows where I am accessing wifi or cellular on a map and how much of each is being used.
     

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