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Spotify Bitrate: What Bitrate does Spotify Use?

By Patrick Dyer

Updated on October 22, 2018

For music enjoying, what we care about most is the sound quality of music. Usually, music lovers would like to look for the highest quality stream service, in order to get a feast for the ears. The best way to judge the quality of an audio file - relative to its original, not to its musical or engineering quality - is to look at its bit rate. You should know different bitrate will make a difference in sound quality.

If you are a Spotify user, you may want to know the problem - what bitrate does Spotify use for streaming? So does Apple Music users. And some people will ask whether the Spotify has better sound quality than Apple Music. To help you know the answer to these questions, we wrote this post. Let's keep on reading:


Part 1. What's Bitrate?

In digital multimedia, Bitrate often refers to the number of bits or the amount of data that are processed over a certain amount of time. In audio, bitrate is measured in thousands of bits per second, or kbps. For example, the music you buy on iTunes is 256 kilobits per second, meaning there are 256 kilobits of data stored in every second of a song. However, the most important thing you should know is how the bitrate affects in an audio file, namely quality.

In fact, it is like the resolution of an image. The higher the bit rate, the better the quality of your audio or video file, and the more space it will take up on your computer. Generally, the sound quality of an MP3 file with the bitrate of 320 kbps will be much better and clearer as of a file that only uses 32 kbps. Also, the image quality of a video is depended on the bitrate.

Want to know why? It's not hard to understand that more data is transmitted during playback when a higher bitrate was chosen. In contrast, with a slower bitrate, fewer data will be transferred. Therefore, sound quality or image quality are reduced.

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Part 2: What Bitrate does Spotify Use for Streaming?

Source Page: Spotify Support

Spotify offers low, high and extreme sound quality for streaming, and all in OGG Vorbis format.

# 1. 96 kbps

• Normal quality of mobile.

# 2. 160 kbps

• Desktop and web player standard quality.

• The high quality of mobile.

#3. 320 kbps (only available to Premium subscribers)

• Desktop high quality.

• Extreme quality of mobile.

The normal default Spotify streaming quality on your computer is 160 kbps (kilobits per second). It usually sounds fine, and lets you enjoy the song with decent sound. Streaming your music on Extreme gives you a very high-quality sound. However, extreme quality was only offered to Spotify's premium users.

In addition, extreme may be the most appealing to many people, since it offers the highest quality sound, but it might not be the right choice for everyone. This is because the higher the quality setting, the more data it uses up. So if you have a lower quality internet connection or you are using the data on your cell phone, you may have some issues trying to connect to the extreme speed setting. And if you have a bandwidth on your internet service, you may also want to consider which level of speed that you use as using extreme will use up your bandwidth faster than using normal or high would.

You should consider your own needs and bandwidth limitations before deciding which speed setting is right for you.

Part 3. Spotify vs Apple Music: Which One is Better in Sound Quality?

Apple Music VS Spotify

PS: We had already written a post about Apple Music bitrate, you can read it to know more details if you're interested in.

As we said before, Spotify offers three different levels of streaming quality: Normal, High, and Extreme, at 96kbps, 160kbps, and 320kbps, respectively, while Apple Music is streamed at 256 kbps in AAC format. So, you might think the Spotify has the better sound quality than Apple Music, according to the rule: the higher the bitrate, the better the sound quality.

But you're wrong because you ignore another factor – audio format. According to most audio experts, music encoded in AAC format sounds better than both MP3 and OGG at the same bit rate, and the files are often smaller, too. That means Apple Music could be less likely to stutter while streaming. So actually, people have a hard time telling the difference between Apple Music and Spotify at their corresponding levels. It's also hard to decide which one has the better sound quality.

Part 4. How to Reset Spotify Songs Bitrate

As stated above, all the format of Spotify Music are OGG Vorbis so if you want to reset Spotify Songs Bitrate, you need to upgrade your music format, like converting your music to FLAC format. Hence, here comes about a professional and easy-to-use converter for converting All your Spotify Music to FLAC format, TuneFab Spotify Music Converter.

TuneFab Spotify Music Converter is designed for removing DRM from Spotify Music as well as converting all the Spotify Music to FLAC format. It keeps all the metadata without losing quality. Using such converter will assist you with playing Spotify Music anywhere, anytime without any limitation.

Stay with me to reset your Spotify Music Bitrate

Step 1. Launch TuneFab Spotify Music Converter

TuneFab Spotify Music Converter

Note: This converter is for Mac users. For Windows users, please wait for patiently for the Windows Version coming into the market. In the meanwhile, the operation to reset the bitrate is the same. Thus, when windows version is coming, you can operate in the same way.

Step 2. Drag the Songs you want to reset bitrate

With the Spotify Music launched simultaneously, you will catch sight of your Spotify Music Library, you can drag and drop the songs which you want to reset bitrate.

Drag and Drop Spotify Songs Mac

Step 3. Select the output format

After adding songs by dragging and dropping music, this moment you need to select your output format by clicking "Options > Advanced" and choosing FLAC as the output format.

Select Output Formats Mac

Note: You can select the output folder by clicking "Options" > "General" to change your output folder.

Choose Output Folder Mac

Step 4. Reset Your Spotify Music by Converting Spotify Music to FLAC

Click "Convert" button to convert Spotify Music to FLAC to reset bitrate.

Converting Spotify Music Mac

A video for all conversion step!

Here, you have already got the tips on reset Spotify Music bitrate. Don't hesitate and try to use this converter to reset Spotify bitrate. If you want Spotify Music to MP3 format, you can also employ TuneFab Spotify Music Converter too. From here, you can enjoy your Spotify Music at will. If you have any problem with using Spotify Music, please let me know cause our teams will break our neck to solve your problem.

Tips: Transfer Spotify Music to Devices to Enjoy Spotify with Your Favorite Bitrate

Having got the Spotify Music with the bitrate you want, how to enjoy Spotify in an all-sided way? Probably your answer to it is that enjoying Spotify Music on my computer/Mac, burning to a CD, and playing on MP3 Player. But here is the brand new way to enjoy Spotify Music, that is playing them on your devices.

However, it seems that playing Spotify on Android would be easier than playing Spotify on iTunes. For Android users will be easier to transfer Spotify Music to Android with the USB cable: inserting USB to your phone, dragging and dropping the files to devices and ejecting the USB. But for iTunes users, who just need a long time waiting for the whole adding-to-iTunes-library progress finished and then transfer to iDevices.

But now, things go differently when it comes to TuneFab WeTrans, which is designed for iOS users to easy transfer any files or manage any data between iOS devices and PC/iOS devices. Music, videos, photos and contact will be easy to transfer as Android users do at the super fast transmission speed.

The whole transmission will be so easy: Downloading and Launching TuneFab WeTrans > Inserting USB cable to your iDevices > Clicking to Music and "+" button > Adding the converted files and waiting for the whole transmission > Ejecting the iDevices. Easily right? Now, it is your turn to download it and transfer the Spotify Music to your iDevices. 

Add Music to iOS Devices

Closing Thought

If you want to choose one from Apple Music or Spotify, the sound quality or bitrate might not the only determinant. You need to consider some other aspects such as price, music library and the exclusive songs. To get more details about Apple Music vs. Spotify, you can go for another article: The Two Largest Competitors - Apple Music and Spotify

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