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How much Data does Pandora radio use?


  1. zizzlfied

    zizzlfied Active Member

    I was just wondering because of Verizons data cap and I do not want to get anywhere near it. So does anyone have a idea of how much data it uses?

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  2. 00smurf

    00smurf Well-Known Member

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  3. VoidedSaint

    VoidedSaint Resident Ninja VIP Member

    good find 00smurf
  4. angldvl81

    angldvl81 Well-Known Member


    I'm not sure how accurate that is. I listen to Pandora just about every night (roughly 7 hours, more on weekends) and i average between 3-4GB per month. My wifi is broken so it's ALL data. I'm also constantly on the Internet and even downloading stuff.

    If you don't have it already, get the my verizon data usage widget and place it on your homescreen. If your phone is rooted, it may not work with some roms.
  5. TheGuitarBoss

    TheGuitarBoss Well-Known Member

    Helluva a lot
  6. bigfootyepyep

    bigfootyepyep New Member

    I use Pandora, YouTube, download, search,and everything else and use 13GB a month. So your answer is a lot but connect to wifi whenever you can.
  7. Cares

    Cares Well-Known Member

    I use Pandora quite a bit at work. My last billing cycle the app used 185MB of bandwidth. YMMV of course. There's a "usage" monitor in ICS.
  8. AntimonyER

    AntimonyER AF Addict VIP Member

    Yeah I don't think Pandora uses all that much. With streaming 4 hours per day, 4 days a week, I will just crest 2GB, and I would guess between .5-1GB of that is pandora, based on my usage when I am not streaming.
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  9. mikegonzalez2k

    mikegonzalez2k New Member

    Pandora states (in their help section) that their mobile streaming service transmits at 64k AAC+. That means 64 kb of data is used every second.

    If we translate that into Mb/h we get 28.8 MB/h.
    Convert kilobits/sec (kbps) to megabytes/hour (MB/hr) | Category : bandwidth | Unit Conversion Center

    Let's be conservative and round up to 30 MB/h
    The next question should be...

    How many hours of music are in 1 GB?
    1000MB / 30 MB/h ~ 33.3h

    So you get 33 hours of music per Gigabyte of data.
    That equates to roughly 1 hour of listening time per day if you only have a 1 GB data plan.

    This means the number of GB's you have for the data plan directly co-relates to the number of hours per day you can listen to music.

    A 4 GB data plan would have a little over 120 h of listening time or 4 hours per day.

    I hope that helps.
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  10. jajrussel

    jajrussel Well-Known Member

    This question has become important for me for the simple reason that data prices have priced me out of using video programs. I have read that Pandora data use is higher than other radio apps. I don't remember where I read it. They did give data figures for a month that were said to be provided by use information provided by the installed apps.

    Based on that information, I went with a different app than Pandora, and managed to blow the figure provided in the article out of the water in two days.

    My calculations are about what the previous replyer stated, about 30MB per hour. This being said, I have a 5G plan and am worried that when I lose my Wi-Fi access I am going to have to go back to using a phone that is, well just a phone.

    No more decent talk radio, no more decent podcast. Tech futures are looking pretty bleak... Through these Verizon colored glasses that they seem to insist that I wear.

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