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Re: Google Play Music almost confirmed for Music Freedom?
Honestly, I'm not sure what kind of quality most services use. A low quality JPG could be 50kB, while a high quality PNG could be over 3MB. A reasonable resolution JPG would usually be around 1MB though, which can add up. Just doing a quick search it looks like the average song length in the most played songs on iTunes is between 3:30 and 4:00. If we go with the high estimate than your average song is about 9MB at the highest quality any service streams (320kbps). If you're playing radio/shuffling music (so it's not using the same album art for every song), 10% of your data usage could be album art. If you streamed two hours of music a day and there were no album art repeats then you could go through 900MB of data in a month. Also consider that if you are browsing through Spotify/Play Music it pulls down artwork for a lot of albums that you may not be listening to. And they have the larger, high-quality artist images when you tap on an album/artist. I was just able to go through 10MB of data in about three minutes browsing through the New Releases section of Play Music.
Originally Posted by Bigballer
Anyway, the point of that post was more to point out that T-Mobile has already shown that they can differentiate between album art and music within a single app, so it doesn't seem like a stretch to say that they could differentiate between uploaded music and subscription music as well. I'm not sure that they will, just saying that they could.