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Ideas: Higher Audio Quality

Ideas: Higher Audio Quality

Status: Open Ideas

How about higher audio quality?  Amazon has introduced this feature, and others have been ahead of Pandora as well.  It would be great to have the Genome Project advantage with higher audio quality.  Do others agree?

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I think that is what they use now for mobile only and it’s capped at 64 kb HE AAC which is roughly equivalent to 128 mp3. HE Aac caps at 96 kb but  even that would be better for mobile as it’s around a 192 mp3 equivalent. 

I have more of an issue with “at home devices” which play at 128 mp3. Bandwidth is not an issue at home via wifi so why are they not giving us the highest quality then can offer? It boggles me. 

Local Performer
makes no sense. I now use Tidal for the highest, most original,
quality... CLEARLY better than Pandora but still have a Pandora
account for when I just want the "radio" effect and not have to
choose songs, as their genome technology that decides what music
you'll like is unmatched. what a shame that they don't just offer
the best quality and crush all of the competition. They can do
"Pandora HD" and change $10 more. But they just dont care... stock
is up and the execs can sit fat and happy without having to
work. They may end up a Blockbuster video in a Netflix world if
they don't fix this.
Local Performer

I strongly agree that the audio quality here is lacking.  I just signed up for a 30-day trial of Plus and was surprised that the audio quality on my AVR was unchanged.  I will end the paid service before I have to make my first payment.  

The other big drawback was finding out that the iOS bit rate is unchanged (and terrible) for the Plus level of service.  This makes it less than desirable as a car music source.

Local Performer has the best quality in my opinion. (the master account) ..
but Pandora's ability to choose music for the stations is unmatched.

They could totally corner the market if they wanted to.. I just
don't understand.

I don't understand how this Open Idea (Higher Quality Audio) is ranked 6th (likes) on Feature Requests.

1. Someone else listening - Show what other device is being used
2. Make Listening History Available
3. Lock for creating new stations
4. More sorting options for Premium
5. Standalone Samsung Galaxy Watch App
Pandora leadership, you can probably lower the quality even more to reduce cost.




Local Performer
Agree on both counts. I love that in Pandora, I can make a channel of just about anything. I just typed in big bands for my mom and got a great selection of big band music. If only they had tidal’s quality.

Pat (sent from iPhone)
Local Performer

I have already started using Apple Music and it sounds way better than Pandora. I still like the interface and the genome of Pandora but i am running out of patience.

Local Performer

Take my money. Offer premium service. 


Local Performer
they need to offer Pandora HD and do raw CD quality, and charge $10
more for those of us who like QUALITY.

I contacted management about this like a year ago and they sent me
here to start a thread.
Then the thread already existed so someone merged it.

I even told them I didn't want any credit for it cause I was
listening to better quality sound
35 YEARS AGO with CDs and there's a whole generation that has no clue
about quality sound..
With MP3 drums sound like cardboard and the loss of quality in the
other sounds is terrible.

What can you do... they just dont care.

Tidal is the best service I've found so far and I've compared to
Apple, Amazon, Pandora, Spotify.
the only drawdown is that NOTHING compares to Pandora's Genome
technology to choose
the best music for your stations, etc.

If they'd offer CD quality it would be a game changer. Since Sirius
XM bought them... its probably
a side gig now.
Local Performer

Terrible audio quality for a paid subscription.  Waste of my money.  

Screeches and scratchy.  No reason why it cannot be much better quality.  What is Pandora doing with our subscription money?  Seems audio quality would be no. 1 on their feature list.