Play Music - quality inferior to Spotify? UPDATE: Some testing done.

Hey Guys,

I've been giving play music all access a try over the past couple of weeks, and while the service itself is very nice and well-integrated with android (as you would expect), i found out that play music (all set to default)uses more data than spotify on default settings, but it actually sounds a lot worse.

If i set play to "high quality", 5 songs can use between 100-200 megabytes of data. How is that even possible? Of course, setting spotify quality to "high" also increases data usage, but there's no real need to do so because spotify - unlike play music - sounds good with default settings.

Am I the only one who noticed that? Or is your experience different.


I just did some testing with Spotify and Play Music. Apparently, Play Music does indeed not only cache the current song, but several songs from the current playlist (Not necessarily an album, play music almost always creates a playlist). I tried a playlist with 4 songs, and all songs were being preloaded as soon as the first song started playing). Spotify seems to be more conservative in that respect, only caching the current song and parts of the next one. I went on and created a one-song-playlist in play music and voila,streaming it only used like 5 megabites of data.

So i guess the reason why play music uses more data than Spotify is because of the more aggressive preloading. Can this be disabled?

And of course, this doesn't change the fact that play music - on default settings - sounds awfully compressed compared to Spotify.