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    Default Best Audio Quality Music Apps

    Now that T-Mobile is allowing free streaming to certain music apps, which one out there offers great sound quality? I read that Pandora only streams at 192kbps. Does anyone know what iHeartRadio streams out? Spotify? Slacker?
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    Default Re: Best Audio Quality Music Apps

    Quote Originally Posted by chad783 View Post
    Now that T-Mobile is allowing free streaming to certain music apps, which one out there offers great sound quality? I read that Pandora only streams at 192kbps. Does anyone know what iHeartRadio streams out? Spotify? Slacker?
    Pandora:
    Audio Quality
    Pandora on the Web plays 64k AAC+ for free listeners and 192kbps for Pandora One subscribers. All in-home devices play 128kbps audio, and mobile devices receive a variety of different rates depending on the capability of the device and the network they are on, but never more than 64k AAC+.
    iHeart Radio:
    3) Enhanced audio quality (64Kbps)
    Spotify:
    What bitrate does Spotify use for streaming?
    Spotify uses 3 quality ratings for streaming, all in the Ogg Vorbis format.

    ~96 kbps
    Normal quality on mobile.
    ~160 kbps
    Desktop and web player standard quality.
    High quality on mobile.
    ~320 kbps (only available to Premium subscribers)
    Desktop high quality.
    Extreme quality on mobile.
    Click here to learn how to change streaming quality.
    I didn't find anything on Slacker radio.

    Let us know what you decide on using and enjoy the most.
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    Default Re: Best Audio Quality Music Apps

    That is great info. Thanks! Reason I am asking is because if T-Mobile always free streaming, then I am going to shut my XM/Sirus Radio off. I really think that radio will go this direction and Satellite radio will suffer in the long run.
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