Streaming Higher Quality Music to Spotify

Higher Quality Music to Spotify: Spotify Premium gives you access to higher quality music streaming. By default (and if you’re on the free plan) Spotify streams run at 96 kbps on mobile devices and 160 kbps on your computer. With this type of bit rate, you hear a slight but noticeable loss in quality compared to a CD.

Streaming Higher Quality Music to Spotify
Streaming Higher Quality Music to Spotify

Streaming Higher Quality Music to Spotify

With Premium, however, you can stream tracks up to 320 kbps. It’s pretty much the gold standard of lossy bit rates, and most people can’t reliably tell the difference between a lossless format like a CD.

If you’re curious, check out this test from NPR. It offers you the same track in three formats: an MP3 file with 128 kbps, an MP3 file with 320 kbps and an uncompressed WAV. All you have to do is select the highest quality title from the selection.

Although I could pretty easily avoid the lowest quality track, I couldn’t choose between 320kbps and lossless at any consistency.

Would you like to receive your Spotify tracks with a higher quality of 320 kbps? Here’s how.

On the phone

Open Spotify, go to the “Your Library” tab and tap the “Settings” icon in the top right.

Under iOS choose Music Quality.

On Android, scroll down until you find it.

Spotify offers three different audio qualities for mobile devices: normal (96 kbps), high (160 kbps) and extreme (320 kbps). There is also an automatic option that dynamically adapts the bit rate to your network quality and type of network.

You can set one audio quality for streaming and another for downloaded tracks. Remember, the higher the bit rate, the more data you will use during streaming and the more space the tracks will take up when downloading.

My personal decision is high for streaming and extreme for downloads. I think this is the best balance between high-quality music and at the same time is able to easily stream over cellular data in most places.

On the screen

  • Open Spotify, click the down arrow next to your username and choose Settings.
  • Under Music Quality, enable the High-Quality Streaming option.
  • This enables streaming at 320 kbps.

Thus you can do Streaming Higher Quality Music to Spotify. If you have any issues, comment in the comment box.

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