1. Sekelani Zwambila's Avatar
    iTunes Radio has just been released in Australia today, and I'm enjoying the experience. I'm not sure wether it's gonna eat my data fast or not.
    I'm using acellular connection and I bought my iphone 5S outright, So I don't have to worry about plan charges.

    So, will this iTunes Radio kill my data fast?

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    02-11-2014 12:28 AM
  2. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    Yes, it uses data to stream.


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    02-11-2014 12:55 AM
  3. Blue Shift's Avatar
    iTunes Radio has just been released in Australia today, and I'm enjoying the experience. I'm not sure wether it's gonna eat my data fast or not.
    I'm using acellular connection and I bought my iphone 5S outright, So I don't have to worry about plan charges.

    So, will this iTunes Radio kill my data fast?

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    Apple hasn't published bitrates for the streaming service, but I've been told the quality difference is quite pronounced between WiFi/LAN and 3G/LTE. I'm presuming they are using 80kbps AAC-HE for 3G/LTE, or possibly 128kbps AAC, vs the 256kpbs AAC tracks you purchase from the iTunes store. Proceeding from that assumption:

    80kbps AAC-HE: 80/8*60 = 600KB per minute or 35MB per hour.
    128kbps AAC : 128/8*60 = 960KB per minute or 56MB per hour.

    Assuming the best case scenario, you'd deplete a 1GB plan in just under 30 hours (not counting any other data usage.)
    Just_Me_D likes this.
    02-11-2014 06:08 AM
  4. antiprotest's Avatar
    No need for calculations. Just use it for a while and check it under settings, cellular. It tells you how much each app has used.
    Speedygi likes this.
    02-11-2014 09:02 AM
  5. acerace113's Avatar
    The bitrate is 256kbps. But it will fully download the song as it plays then deletes the song after it's played/skipped.


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    02-11-2014 08:03 PM
  6. pr1nce's Avatar
    It does use data.


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    02-11-2014 08:16 PM
  7. iknrisms's Avatar
    Like others have mentioned, it does use you cellular data. However, obviously, if on Wi-Fi you won't have to worry. But yes, it does stream but still a great service from Apple!


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    02-12-2014 05:12 PM
  8. Speedygi's Avatar
    Here's how you can track data usage on your iPhone, albeit this article was written for the 3G:

    How To: Keep Track of Your Data Usage With iPhone 3G | iMore

    If you find it spiking with iTunes Radio usage, you have to take note then.
    02-12-2014 11:01 PM

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