Oct
27
2012

Spotify App data usage on Android

I finally got around to testing the Spotify app for Android. I am a heavy user of the desktop version, so I was expecting a lot. I really have to admit, I have been extremely impressed. It’s slick, has most of the features from the desktop version, and the usability seems top notch. You can play your radio stations for free, and if you pay for the premium version, you can even download your playlists for ‘offline’ listening.

All of that is great, but what I really care about of course, is the data usage. No matter how great this app is, if it uses all of my monthly data, then it’s of little use to me. I’m using the free version, so my tests were all conducted using a Mumford & Sons inspired radio station. I played the station for 10 minutes, twice. Better to get an average than a single test. Then, I did this for all three quality levels which Spotify offers: Normal (the default), High, and Extreme. These are the results:

Normal (10 minutes of listening)

Round 1: 8024KB
Round 2: 7743KB
Average: 7884KB
Total per hour of listening would be about: 47.3MB

High (10 minutes of listening)

Round 1: 11,230KB
Round 2: 11,310KB
Average: 11,270KB
Total per hour of listening would be about: 67.6MB

Extreme (10 minutes of listening)

Round 1: 12,680KB
Round 2: 13,430KB
Average: 13,055KB
Total Per hour of listening would be about: 78.3MB

So essentially, if you are on a 1GB data plan from Verizon for example, you would be able to listen to:

Normal Quality: 21.1 hours of music per month
High Quality: 14.8 hours of music per month
Extreme Quality: 12.8 hours of music per month

If you’re like me, and have the now discontinued 150MB per month plan, you can listen to:
Normal Quality: 3.2 hours of music per month
High Quality: 2.2 hours of music per month
Extreme Quality: 1.9 hours of music per month

Heh heh, yes those are real numbers. Obviously, I don’t use Spotify over 3G, which would go against my data cap. If you’re like me, and have a very small data plan, then you would be extremely wise to only use this app while connected to WiFi.

There are other reviews which focus on the actual features, but that was not my goal here. You can use Google to find them, or even get books from Amazon all about it:

My tests were conducted on an HTC Droid Incredible (the original one) running Android 2.3.4. I used the Data counter widget from the Google Play Store to monitor the network traffic/usage.

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