By Jerry Hildenbrand
July 3, 2017
Here’s the breakdown on how much data streaming music and video use so you know how much to budget.
The things most of us love to do with our phones is also the thing that eats the most data: stream music and video.
Modern phones and streaming services were made for each other. Your phone is capable of delivering high-quality content through the screen or its audio components and streaming services like YouTube, Netflix and Spotify were made to deliver them. The first popular media-centric phone was the iPhone. Both Apple and Google owe a lot of their success to this because it was also the best way to watch YouTube in the palm of your hands.
Things have come a long way since then, but one thing hasn’t changed. We love to watch and listen with our phones. But the advent of HD video streaming and high-bitrate audio streaming means that it also gobbles up the data like never before. Let’s break it down to see just how much data you use when you fire up your favorite streaming app.