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I noticed that Play Music was using a large amount of data. In about a week it used up just under 2 gb of data. I would say total stream time was only around 3 hours. I do have unlimited data with my t-mobile plan so I'm not too worried unless I get throttled after 5 gb or something. I was just wondering if anyone else had the same experience. I know you can regulate the quality to reduce data usage, but I still don't think high quality should use up that much.
 
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Do you have the "highest quality" option chosen, that will increase your data usage. If you are streaming 3 hours worth of music that was not on your phone assuming that a song was around 2.5-3mb it seems possible. It also could've been downloading album art.
 
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This is my biggest complaint with Google Music. It uses too much data regardless of whether I change the streaming bandwidth. It consistently uses more data than Spotify even on the lowest quality. I never had to worry about this when I was on Sprint but I have since switched to Straight Talk and don't want to be throttled either.

Google needs to fix this issue. It's the biggest issue keeping me from switching.
 
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I noticed that Play Music was using a large amount of data. In about a week it used up just under 2 gb of data. I would say total stream time was only around 3 hours. I do have unlimited data with my t-mobile plan so I'm not too worried unless I get throttled after 5 gb or something. I was just wondering if anyone else had the same experience. I know you can regulate the quality to reduce data usage, but I still don't think high quality should use up that much.
lol, seriously? how many mb is each song that you are listening? and then you chose high quality. 2gb is very normal. throw in a little more into your data plan and you can have completely unlimited high speed data, without throttling. its not an issue here, i have the completely unlimited high speed data with tmo, no throttling. now data usage isnt a factor, and i completely enjoy my device because of it.

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This is my biggest complaint with Google Music. It uses too much data regardless of whether I change the streaming bandwidth. It consistently uses more data than Spotify even on the lowest quality. I never had to worry about this when I was on Sprint but I have since switched to Straight Talk and don't want to be throttled either.

Google needs to fix this issue. It's the biggest issue keeping me from switching.
its not an issue. google does not assume that you have data limiting you. to fix the issue, get a plan with more data.
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lol, seriously? how many mb is each song that you are listening? and then you chose high quality. 2gb is very normal. throw in a little more into your data plan and you can have completely unlimited high speed data, without throttling. its not an issue here, i have the completely unlimited high speed data with tmo, no throttling. now data usage isnt a factor, and i completely enjoy my device because of it.

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its not an issue. google does not assume that you have data limiting you. to fix the issue, get a plan with more data.
I do have the completely unlimited plan, but I heard that apparently you still start to get throttled after 5 gbs. Maybe not to 2G, but just a bit slower. Could be true could not, since you haven't experienced it. I did think about the size of each song, but I thought since streaming is different from actually downloading it, it wouldn't have to use up 3 mbs or whatever the size is per song. I know Pandora doesn't use nearly as much. Also, I think it might be because I skip songs often. So Play music loads up the song before I skip to the next one.
 
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I do have the completely unlimited plan, but I heard that apparently you still start to get throttled after 5 gbs. Maybe not to 2G, but just a bit slower. Could be true could not, since you haven't experienced it. I did think about the size of each song, but I thought since streaming is different from actually downloading it, it wouldn't have to use up 3 mbs or whatever the size is per song. I know Pandora doesn't use nearly as much. Also, I think it might be because I skip songs often. So Play music loads up the song before I skip to the next one.
all tmobile data plans are "unlimited", meaning a certain amount if high speed data then being throttled to edge data speeds. well, all plans but one, and it has completely unlimited high speed data($70 everything completely unlimited). i use on average 25-45gb a month, some use much more.

i spend a day or two of my week listening to music, usually either using google play or pandora. i easily use on average between 1.5-2.5gb with google play music after 2-4 hours, and about the same with pandora, on high quality both. also, in play music settings, there is an option to cache music you stream(until you empty the cache). you might have that enabled. itll download and save to your device this way also(as opposed to saving to device).
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all tmobile data plans are "unlimited", meaning a certain amount if high speed data then being throttled to edge data speeds. well, all plans but one, and it has completely unlimited high speed data($70 everything completely unlimited). i use on average 25-45gb a month, some use much more.

i spend a day or two of my week listening to music, usually either using google play or pandora. i easily use on average between 1.5-2.5gb with google play music after 2-4 hours, and about the same with pandora, on high quality both. also, in play music settings, there is an option to cache music you stream(until you empty the cache). you might have that enabled. itll download and save to your device this way also(as opposed to saving to device).
Gotcha, yeah I know how it works. I do have the $70 one. Well, I have a family plan, but I pay the $20 extra for the true unlimited that now comes with the 2.5 gbs of tethering. That's good to know that they don't throttle. 45 gbs is pretty insane haha.
 
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all tmobile data plans are "unlimited", meaning a certain amount if high speed data then being throttled to edge data speeds. well, all plans but one, and it has completely unlimited high speed data($70 everything completely unlimited). i use on average 25-45gb a month, some use much more.
Is this your only means of internet access? That is quite a lot and would make me think t-mobile would shut you down
 
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Is this your only means of internet access? That is quite a lot and would make me think t-mobile would shut you down
its a lot, yea. but not that much that use 100+ of gigabytes, lol. it is my only internet access,plus i use the device much. and updating 2gb size apps often! i believe the usage number that they used to post on their website(before their recent site change) if you had the completely unlimited was like 99XXgb allowed. anyways, the plan is for completely unlimited high speed data, completely unlimited is a lot more than 25-45gb
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