How much data do music apps like Spotify consume? Data saving strategies!

Music is an indispensable part of life. Many people use music distribution service apps such as Spotify and Apple Music to listen to high-quality music anytime, anywhere. Have you ever wondered how much data these apps are consuming? What can you do to save data?

How to listen to music using Spotify and other music apps


Open Spotify, select a song, and start playing it. This is the most basic way to listen to streaming music. The advantage is that after selecting the music, you can listen to it immediately without waiting and it does not consume the memory of your phone or computer. However, the disadvantage is that you need to be connected to the Internet and use data to listen to it, so if you listen to too many songs, the data will run out early.


Downloading refers to downloading songs from the Internet to your device in a WiFi environment (or when there is enough data) and then listening to the downloaded songs. The two advantages are that it does not consume any communication volume no matter how many times you listen to it and that you can listen to it even when you cannot connect to the Internet or when the signal is poor. However, while you can listen to downloaded music, you can’t enjoy new music without consuming data. Also, downloading a lot of songs would probably drain the memory of the device.

Also, some music apps require you to become a paid member in order to download them.

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The amount of data consumed by music apps such as Spotify

There are many popular music apps such as Line Music, Apple Music, AWA, Amazon Music, etc., but we will use Spotify as an example here.

Spotify’s sound quality

Spotify offers four types of sound quality.

  • Low
  • Standard
  • High
  • Highest

The best sound quality can only be selected if you are a paying member.

In addition to selecting the sound quality of a song beforehand, you can also select “Auto Sound Quality,” in which Spotify selects the appropriate sound quality for playback according to the network communication status.

The songs that are compatible with each sound quality are as follows

Low 24Kbps
Standard 96 Kbps
High 160 Kbps
Highest 320 Kbps

Spotify Data Consumption

Assuming you listen to music for 2 hours a day, your total time in a month would be 60 hours. The amount of data consumed for each sound quality is generally considered to be as follows

sound quality for 1 hour for 60 hours
Low(24Kbps) 10.8MB 648MB(~0.63GB)
Standard(96Kbps) 43.2MB 2592MB(~2.5GB)
High(160Kbps) 72MB 4320MB(~4.2GB)
Highest(320Kbps) 144MB 8640MB(~8.5GB)

How to save data when listening to music on Spotify

Download and listen (requires Spotify Premium membership)

The easiest way is to listen to music after downloading it. Downloaded music can be listened to even when you are offline, so you can listen to unlimited music without consuming a lot of data or having your music interrupted due to poor network conditions.

However, as mentioned earlier, if you try to listen to Spotify without consuming data, you will only be able to listen to the downloaded songs and not the others. It also has the disadvantage of taking time to download and occupying a certain amount of storage space.

Spotify’s download feature is only available to paid members, so it is not suitable for free Spotify members either.

Listen with lower sound quality

If you don’t want to become a paid member of Spotify but want to save data, consider listening to songs of lower sound quality. If you listen to 2 hours of music every day for a month, listening to high-quality music will consume 7 times more data in a month than listening to low-quality music.

If you are running low on data at the end of the month, you may want to try listening to lower-quality music.

Listen at home using WiFi

When you don’t go outside as much as you do now, the main place to listen to music will be at home. If you have a WiFi environment at home, you can listen to music without consuming data on your phone.

WiFi at home is basically unlimited data, so you can listen to music without worrying about data consumption.

However, if you want to listen to music on the go, you will have to think of another way.

Listen to music anytime, anywhere with rental WiFi

If you want to be able to listen to high-quality music anytime and anywhere, whether at home or on the road, but don’t want to worry about the amount of traffic on your phone, then rental WiFi is the way to go.

CDJapan Rental’s rental WiFi offers up to 150GB of high-speed traffic per month (depending on the model and plan). If you listen to 24 hours of music of the highest quality every day for a month, you will have consumed only 101GB of data, which can be covered by the 150GB plan of rental WiFi. If you are a music lover, why not give rental WiFi a try?

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