So hey Pandora the 1990’s called and they want their streaming audio quality back. What is with the bad audio quality on Pandora lately? I have not listened to Pandora for a while but recently I pulled it up to be disappointed. I initially thought something was wrong with how under water and tinny the audio sounded. I checked my data connection to see I was on 4G LTE with full bars. I even tried over a few days and different devices. Unfortunately for me I can no longer stand to use Pandora it just gives me a headache and Spotify has awesome sounding audio.
So what is the bit rate that Pandora is pushing out to mobile phones? My guess is no better than 128 Kbps. I am right too, according to Pandora mobile phones get no BETTER than 64 Kbps AAC+. I am not sure on the bit rate of Spotify at this time but it does sound better on my phone. That reminds me that Spotify also released a new Windows Phone app that supports streaming free. Check it out, it’s a great upgrade.
Maybe things will change in the future, but for now I am not listening to Pandora and instead listening to Spotify until Pandora changes it bad audio quality. I do have to state if you love Pandora and are not a fan of Spotify you can subscribe to Pandora and get better audio quality and I believe that is for your phone too.