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Old 08-19-2016, 07:00 AM
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Default Sound quality difference in Pandora VS Spotify.

Has anyone notice how horrible the sound quality of Pandora is compared to other similar apps?

I have used Pandora for years, but I have been messing with some stereo equipment in my truck and the difference is HUGELY noticeable. I have tried all the online tricks and it still sounds like sh!t compared to either my music on my phone, XM, Spotify, or just the radio.

I like the platform but think I am gonna stop using it for now.
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Old 08-19-2016, 07:21 AM
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I have "heard" that the best sound used to come from a vinyl record maybe with a good Pioneer System to play it through great speakers.

These days with mobile phones playing the digital music I don't think we have the quality we did.
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All digital music streamed these days is compressed. Spotify and Pandora offer better quality streaming if you pay for it. Pandora:One and Spotify Premium. The biggest difference is Pandora:One streams at 192kbps while Spotify Premium streams at 320kbps. In lay terms Pandora is DVD and Spotify is Bluray.
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Sound Quality

The highest quality music streaming services have is a stream of 320 Kilobits per second (Kbps) which is called the bitrate.


Spotify has a 320 bitrate vs 192 for Pandora


Tidal's claim to fame is that it delivers true lossless streams at 1.4Mbps — legitimate CD quality, for all practical purposes — while Spotify tops out at 320kbps. Apple Music runs at a slightly lower 256kbps, but it uses a better encoding scheme, AAC, than Spotify's Ogg Vorbis.


Each streaming service has it's own pluses and minuses.
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Originally Posted by badandyturbo View Post
All digital music streamed these days is compressed. Spotify and Pandora offer better quality streaming if you pay for it. Pandora:One and Spotify Premium. The biggest difference is Pandora:One streams at 192kbps while Spotify Premium streams at 320kbps. In lay terms Pandora is DVD and Spotify is Bluray.
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Sound Quality

The highest quality music streaming services have is a stream of 320 Kilobits per second (Kbps) which is called the bitrate.


Spotify has a 320 bitrate vs 192 for Pandora


Tidal's claim to fame is that it delivers true lossless streams at 1.4Mbps — legitimate CD quality, for all practical purposes — while Spotify tops out at 320kbps. Apple Music runs at a slightly lower 256kbps, but it uses a better encoding scheme, AAC, than Spotify's Ogg Vorbis.


Each streaming service has it's own pluses and minuses.
Very interesting. I was thinking that the THT Braintrust was going to tell me it was my imagination.

I will have to look into Tidal...I have never heard of that one.
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Pandora was one of my customers. I am in the data management business. Pandora stores several different versions of the same audio file. Depending on your connection speed, device and operating system you will be served one of the files. For example if you are using a Samsung Galaxy3 which does not have a fast CPU and a dated OS you will be served a file that is easier for the phone to process. If you have a Iphone 6S that has the latest OS and CPU you will be served a file with higher audio quality due to the phone being able to process it easy.

It could be something with your phone. If you do have a newer phone I would uninstall Pandora, reboot the device and reinstall it.
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Originally Posted by agallant80 View Post
Pandora was one of my customers. I am in the data management business. Pandora stores several different versions of the same audio file. Depending on your connection speed, device and operating system you will be served one of the files. For example if you are using a Samsung Galaxy3 which does not have a fast CPU and a dated OS you will be served a file that is easier for the phone to process. If you have a Iphone 6S that has the latest OS and CPU you will be served a file with higher audio quality due to the phone being able to process it easy.

It could be something with your phone. If you do have a newer phone I would uninstall Pandora, reboot the device and reinstall it.
Thats exactly what I did this morning (delete and re-download), made sure my phone was on the highest quality of streaming and still, it doesnt hold a candle to Spotify. I am using an iphone 6S plus, 128 gb.
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I am using Google play music on the family plan. 15 bucks a month for up to 6 users. Also gives you youtube red for everyone. No commercials and some subscriber only content. Google play music will let you store the music on your phone if you like to limit your data usage. You can also pick the quality up to 320 bitrate. Create your own playlists and so on. Cool feature is that you can upload all of your own music to stream. You can do that even if you don't subscribe.


From Google:
Change music streaming quality

When you stream music on your device, the Google Play Music app adjusts your streaming quality depending on your Internet connection. Streaming music will always use the highest quality possible.

To adjust your mobile streaming quality on your Google Play Music app:

Open the Google Play Music app Google Play Music Icon.
Touch the Menu icon Google Play Music Menu icon > Settings.
Touch Quality on mobile network.
Select a level.
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man, so many options.

I started the trial period for Apple Music today but not thinking its going to be as good as Spotify.
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Keep in mind also that you're method of communication to your audio system plays a big part in the sound quality.

For example, your Bluetooth connection degrades the sound quality significantly, as the source material is compressed for transmission from device to device. Not only that, but the generational differences between bluetooth devices and their capabilities vary wildly too.
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Since we are already Amazon Prime users we have been enjoying their app called AmazonMusic. Quality is far better than Pandora, it actually plays the group/band/song you ask for and commercial free.
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Originally Posted by scboatman View Post
Keep in mind also that you're method of communication to your audio system plays a big part in the sound quality.

For example, your Bluetooth connection degrades the sound quality significantly, as the source material is compressed for transmission from device to device. Not only that, but the generational differences between bluetooth devices and their capabilities vary wildly too.
True, and for that reason I always plug in.


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Since we are already Amazon Prime users we have been enjoying their app called AmazonMusic. Quality is far better than Pandora, it actually plays the group/band/song you ask for and commercial free.
Is it free for Prime members?
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Is it free for Prime members?[/QUOTE]

Yes, and there are complete albums that you can play and store in your "library".
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^^^this. There are stations also if you can't decide. I also like that they have both explicit and clean stations for when the kids are around.
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