How much data usage for radio streaming

aky

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I want to stream a local radio station using "FSTREAM" and im wondering how much data would it usE? I want to use for for about 2.5 hrs twice a wk. my data plan isn't unlimited.

are there any date usage trackers for the iPhone?

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yes, it will count as data, cause its using internet to connect, (i think), if you downloaded a radio app from the app store, it will defenetly count as data, cause it uses data to stream the stations(i think), and i will highly suggest that you do get and unlimited plan, because ATT takes no prisoners when it comes to using high amounts of data without an unlimited data plan....i learned that the hard way...my wallet is still hurt from that bill that was 900 bucks...sigh, :(:(
 

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i know it will but i want to know how much data it will use. if so how can i track
 

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Typical radio stations can run anywhere between 32 kbps and 128 kbps. If you are on WiFi, this discussion is irrelevant. @128 kbps, you are looking at almost a megabyte of data per minute. A 3-5 minute song could chomp down as much as 5 megs of data. One hour of streaming could set you down about 60 megs.
 

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Hi thanks that's exactly what I was looking for. I checked in the program fstream and it says it's 32mbps. How many mbs would that be per hr
 

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Hi thanks that's exactly what I was looking for. I checked in the program fstream and it says it's 32mbps. How many mbs would that be per hr
You must mean 32 kbps. 32 kbps or 4 kBps would consume 864 kilo bytes in 1 hour.
 

aky

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yes sorry i did mean kbps

so is this right?

32kbps x 3600sec = 14.4 MB
 

aky

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/8 so 1.8mb ? per hr? seems low
 

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gonna test it today when i listen to a hockey game. is the counter on the iPhone accurate?
 

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Don't forget that your bandwidth is combination of bidirectional data flow. There is always some return for that incoming data. It's just not one for one. When I capture an audio stream on my old PC, I often see about a 30-40% in return data for the incoming flow. You can see this on the PC side using free apps like Analogx's NetStat Live or NetPerSec. I'm guessing there are Mac apps that do this as well.

YMMV
 

aky

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used today on and off for almost 2 hrs and the results are pretty accurate

sent 914KB
received 21.4MB
 

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Typical radio stations can run anywhere between 32 kbps and 128 kbps. If you are on WiFi, this discussion is irrelevant. @128 kbps, you are looking at almost a megabyte of data per minute. A 3-5 minute song could chomp down as much as 5 megs of data. One hour of streaming could set you down about 60 megs.
It's actually lots of data been used if you use these radio apps once at day in 3 hours! = 5.400MB/5.4GB! (30 x 3 x 60MB). I'll guess the Wi-Fi is the best solution!
 

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Data use was one of the main reasons I gave up my Beats Music subscription. I've got a 2GB plan and it chewed through it pretty quickly. I'm not talking about full day streaming. At most 30 minutes a day while in the car. It's no surprise that AT&T was pushing Beats subscriptions.
 
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Data use was one of the main reasons I gave up my Beats Music subscription. I've got a 2GB plan and it chewed through it pretty quickly. I'm not talking about full day streaming. At most 30 minutes a day while in the car. It's no surprise that AT&T was pushing Beats subscriptions.
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