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    Pandora radio: how much data does it use?

    Just as it stated, I am trying to find out how much data does Pandora use... I have 2Gig data plan and not sure if using it will make me pay extra.
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    if you use it everyday for 15 min, you will go over your 2 gig limit. I go over 2 gigs every month streaming music
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    If I recall correctly (from reading), Pandora uses 64kbps stream, doesn't it? If so, that's about 28 megabytes per hour, or 73 hours of Pandora streaming per month based on a 2 gig data plan. Basically just over 2 hours a day, not 15 minutes (unless they upped their stream quality).
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    Ok.... I guess with me using FB, Twitter (rarely, but still...), Opera, different news apps, Pandora will not be good thing to use. I hate that I lost my unlimited...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Asaturyan View Post
    Ok.... I guess with me using FB, Twitter (rarely, but still...), Opera, different news apps, Pandora will not be good thing to use. I hate that I lost my unlimited...
    Thank you guys for all comments.
    How did you lose your unlimited plan? It stays grandfathered unless you changed it to save money or they screwed you out of it..
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    There was a time when I had to give up my smartphone and data-plan (money issue). Unfortunately, when I stated using iPhone again (I am using my wife's until I buy new one) data-plans were changed already. So here I am now with only 2Gb available.

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    I stream pandora all the time, surf the web, watch youtube, google maps, etc and I have never made it over 1 of my 2 gigs. So you should definitely be fine.

    PS: I have Pandora One which uses 192Kbps quality....which is more then the standard 128k that most people use

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdschramm View Post
    I stream pandora all the time, surf the web, watch youtube, google maps, etc and I have never made it over 1 of my 2 gigs. So you should definitely be fine.

    PS: I have Pandora One which uses 192Kbps quality....which is more then the standard 128k that most people use
    youtube=use low quality i bet?

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    You should be fine. I am 11 days into this billing cycle, I have used pandora every single day for at least 30 mins each day, and about 2 hours or more on some days, and I have not even 300 MB of my 2 GIG limit. That's in addition to all the other surfing I do. IMO, streaming videos is what really chews up the data.

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    i have higher audio quality enabled. Im at over 1.5gigs with 15 days left until my bill cycle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex Asaturyan View Post
    There was a time when I had to give up my smartphone and data-plan (money issue). Unfortunately, when I stated using iPhone again (I am using my wife's until I buy new one) data-plans were changed already. So here I am now with only 2Gb available.
    Ya that stinks, I personally think if you have been a long time customer of AT&T they should allow people to get the unlimited plan back if they dropped it, the new customers should be the only ones made to get new plans. I am just glad I kept my unlimited plan even if I never use that much data.

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    The mobile app only uses the lower bitrate.


    Pandora mobile apps and in-home devices currently do not support High Quality 192Kbps streams, although we're very interested in expanding High Quality audio options at some point in the future.

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    It's easy enough to test it. Just go into your usage settings and reset your statistics. Then run pandora for an hour and go back in and check your data usage. You'll know exactly how much data you used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazymac View Post
    The mobile app only uses the lower bitrate.

    Pandora mobile apps and in-home devices currently do not support High Quality 192Kbps streams, although we're very interested in expanding High Quality audio options at some point in the future.
    Are you serous? where did you find that out?
    If thats true, I'm going to be emailing Pandora.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sdschramm View Post
    Are you serous? where did you find that out?
    If thats true, I'm going to be emailing Pandora.
    Pandora's website says so.
    http://blog.pandora.com/faq/contents/64.html

    Does higher bitrate matter, if you didn't know until now?
    Seems like it is cool to have these in your sig?

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