For our 4th installment of Adventures in Streaming (AiS), we’re going to talk about streaming music through mobile devices. As we discussed in AiS Part 2, today’s streaming music services give you access to millions of songs. Some of them, like Pandora, have a free tier (with commercials) and a paid tier with no commercials. Others have varying levels of sound quality depending on the price.
We advise paying the slight premium for the higher sound quality and upgrading to an unlimited data plan if you’re not already on one. Once you’ve done this, here’s how to update your mobile settings for better sound in Spotify and Tidal:
1. Go to the home page of your Spotify mobile app, and click on “Your Library.”
2. On “Your Library” page, click on the gear wheel at upper right; this will open the “Settings” page.
3. Scroll down to “Music Quality” line and click.
4. On “Music Quality,” select “Streaming” and put the check-mark by “Very high,” then do the same thing under “Download.”
1. Go to the home page of your Tidal mobile app, and click on “My Collection.”
2. On “My Collection” page, click on the gear wheel at upper right; this will open the “Settings” page.
3. Scroll down to “Quality” line and click “Streaming.”
4. For “WiFi” and “Cellular,” check the boxes for “High.”
5. Return to “Settings” page and click “Download.” For “Audio” check the box for “High,” and for Video check the box for “HD.”