Spotify let’s you stream music from your your laptop, smartphone and tablet. When streaming over Wi-Fi, you are probably not worried about the bandwidth used by this streaming service. When you have at least 1-2Mbps download speed, you should be fine to stream the music from Spotify’s servers. However, if you are on a mobile internet connection (3G, 4G/LTE), your bandwidth might be capped and it’s important you know how much Spotify actually uses per hour or how long you can play your favourite playlists per GB you have.
Spotify uses three different bitrates: the higher the bitrate you select, the better the quality of the songs. But, the higher the quality, the higher the bandwidth usage will be too. These three bitrates are used by Spotify:
- 96 kbps: this is the default quality for its mobile apps
- 160 kbps: used on the desktop app and on the web player; or used on mobile when you choose ‘high quality’
- 320 kbps: the highest bitrate offered and only offered to Premium members. Available on mobile too as ‘extreme quality’
|Mobile application (Android, iOS)||Standard||High quality||Extreme quality|
|Web player (via browser)|
|Data consumption||Per minute||0.72 MB||1.2 MB||2.4 MB|
|Per hour||43.2 MB||72.0 MB||144.0 MB|
|Time per GB||23 hours, 8 minutes||13 hours, 53 minutes||6 hours, 57 minutes|
To decrease data consumption of Spotify, you can choose to set a higher caching limit. Also, working offline (so downloading song when you are on Wi-Fi so they are available when there is not data connection or your are using your mobile connection) can save bandwidth too when you are using the mobile iPhone or Android app.