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Android: Quality sound

larryacker
Local Performer

Does the app sound quality go up when you pay? I read it was 64kbs online and 196kbs with pay version. It also read on the app the quality stays at 64kbs.

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AdamPandora
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@larryacker Nice to see you around the community.

Here are some details regarding audio quality on Pandora:

For listeners accessing Pandora from a computer, Ad-supported Pandora is 64kbps AAC+, while Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium subscribers have the option of 192kbps.

On Android and iOS devices, ad-supported listeners and Pandora Plus subscribers get anywhere from 24kbps to 64kbps in mono or stereo, depending on the phone, carrier, connection type and - in some cases - the user's settings.

Only Pandora Premium subscribers can receive 192kbps on their iOS and Android devices.

Most home-listening devices get 128kbps - whether the account is free or paid.

Hope this helps! 😄

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AdamPandora
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Community Manager

@larryacker Nice to see you around the community.

Here are some details regarding audio quality on Pandora:

For listeners accessing Pandora from a computer, Ad-supported Pandora is 64kbps AAC+, while Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium subscribers have the option of 192kbps.

On Android and iOS devices, ad-supported listeners and Pandora Plus subscribers get anywhere from 24kbps to 64kbps in mono or stereo, depending on the phone, carrier, connection type and - in some cases - the user's settings.

Only Pandora Premium subscribers can receive 192kbps on their iOS and Android devices.

Most home-listening devices get 128kbps - whether the account is free or paid.

Hope this helps! 😄

Jhunt3
Local Performer

If I play pandora through the Sonos app, how do I get the highest bit rate?  

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larryacker
Local Performer

By becoming a paid subscriber on Pandora. It is well worth $5 a month. Commercial free and the highest bandwidth.

AlyssaPandora
Community Manager
Community Manager

Hi, @Jhunt3. 👋

Currently, most in-home devices receive 128k MP3 audio. Mobile devices receive a variety of different rates depending on the capability of the device and the network they are on, but never more than 64k AAC+. On our website, Pandora plays 64k AAC+ for free listeners and 192k for Pandora Plus and Pandora Premium subscribers.

If you'd like to see a higher audio quality, feel free to upvote this existing feature request: Higher Audio Quality

To upvote an existing request, click on the 💙icon next to the title of the request. 

Hope this information is helpful. 🎧

 
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Rauja
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Playing in mono instead of in stereo

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AlyssaPandora
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Hey there, @Rauja. 👋

Nice to see you around the community space.

To keep everything organized, I moved your post over to this existing thread: Android: Quality sound

 

Please check out the accepted solution for more details around the audio quality on Pandora.

You can also find more details from this page in our Help Center. 🎧

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