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Google Play Music update adds options for download and Wi-Fi streaming quality

by Josh Levenson | March 16, 2017March 16, 2017 3:30 pm PDT

Google has updated its Play Music application for Android and iOS with a feature users have been requesting for a while; the ability to set audio quality when downloading music for offline playback and streaming over Wi-Fi.

Before the upgrade started rolling out, users only had the facility to choose their preferred streaming preferences when listening to music over a cellular network.

Unfortunately, as noted by 9to5Google, the options (low, normal, high and always high) for playback quality don’t specify what bitrate each selection corresponds to.

The toll on your data limit and storage space

Obviously, if you’re streaming music in the highest quality, it’ll use more data. If you have a strict data cap in place on your Wi-Fi network, it would probably best to stick to the regular settings.

The same applies for downloading music for offline access. If you’re storing an HQ track on your device, it’s going to have a larger file size, meaning it’s going to take up more storage space.

Just something to bear in mind.

9to5Google

Josh Levenson

Josh Levenson is an avid technology enthusiast who writes news and the occasional how-to. He's also a self-proclaimed sneakerhead and has been an...

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