Latest in Gear

Image credit:

Google Play Music has a few new options for playback quality

Now the app can stream and store songs at higher fidelity.
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

AOL

After seemingly forgetting about Google Play Music for an extended period of time, the search juggernaut has been showing its music streaming app newfound love lately. The newest update across Android and iOS adds options for playback quality (low, normal, high and always high) over WiFi and for downloaded tracks. Previously, you could only adjust quality for streaming over mobile data. As 9to5 Google notes however, the selections don't say what bitrate each option corresponds to.

Spotify, for example, offers streams ranging from 96kbps and 320kbps. Tidal goes one step further, offering CD-quality 16-bit encodes. Apple Music, for its part, simply has a nondescript "high-quality" option. For downloaded music, higher quality will eat up more local storage, while streaming it over WiFi will put a bigger hit on any data cap that may be in place. We've reached out to Google for more information and will update this post should it arrive.

For now, though, assuming your home network can handle it and your speakers or headphones can do it justice, click the switch to force high quality playback. Your ears will thank you.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Samsung, Stanford make a 10,000PPI display that could lead to 'flawless' VR

Samsung, Stanford make a 10,000PPI display that could lead to 'flawless' VR

View
Facebook will not ban Oculus owners with multiple VR headsets (updated)

Facebook will not ban Oculus owners with multiple VR headsets (updated)

View
The Morning After: Facebook, Oculus and multiple VR headset confusion

The Morning After: Facebook, Oculus and multiple VR headset confusion

View
Apple's next-gen AirPods Pro might not have their iconic stem

Apple's next-gen AirPods Pro might not have their iconic stem

View
iPhone 12 drop test confirms the new screen helps durability, to an extent

iPhone 12 drop test confirms the new screen helps durability, to an extent

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr