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Old Sep 1st, 2008, 09:32 AM   #1
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Simplify Media's data usage?

Hey guys,

Does anyone know how much data the iphone would use when streaming online radio or using a program like simplemedia whereby you can stream up to 30 peoples itunes libraries to your phone over the data network. i would want to use this as my primary ipod and phone but do not want to overuse on a 6b data plan. if anyone can give my their experiences with either of the programs and how data intensive they are that would be great. i would also be streaming radio a great deal as well. i know 6gb is a good amount of data but what about streaming and such, thanks.
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Does anyone know how much data the iphone would use when streaming online radio
A lot.

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or using a program like simplemedia whereby you can stream up to 30 peoples itunes libraries to your phone over the data network
A lot x 30.

(more accurately, listening to online radio varies from 64-128kbits per second, and I imagine streaming an iTunes library is probably around the same)

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i would want to use this as my primary ipod and phone but do not want to overuse on a 6b data plan.
A lot of the answer depends on whether you are talking about doing these things on a wifi network or on the 3G/EDGE networks. On wifi, this will cost you nothing more than you're already paying for internet service until you hit the caps (which vary based on your ISP).

On EDGE/3G, you'll probably use up your allotment in less than a week (about 30 hours by my math) trying to do that. Continuously streaming music for long periods of time (or constantly watching YouTube clips, as another example) was not what the data plan was designed for.

Maybe in some other countries this would be viable, but not in Canada.
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Old Sep 1st, 2008, 12:10 PM   #3
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Using the space below, please "show your work."

Please take into account that the Simplify invitees are streaming from your computer, not from your phone.

Also, in what other countries would this be "viable" if not here? We have a 6GB data plan, not an "unlimited" plan capped at some lower amount.

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A lot x 30.

(more accurately, listening to online radio varies from 64-128kbits per second, and I imagine streaming an iTunes library is probably around the same)



A lot of the answer depends on whether you are talking about doing these things on a wifi network or on the 3G/EDGE networks. On wifi, this will cost you nothing more than you're already paying for internet service until you hit the caps (which vary based on your ISP).

On EDGE/3G, you'll probably use up your allotment in less than a week (about 30 hours by my math) trying to do that. Continuously streaming music for long periods of time (or constantly watching YouTube clips, as another example) was not what the data plan was designed for.

Maybe in some other countries this would be viable, but not in Canada.
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Old Sep 1st, 2008, 12:18 PM   #4
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I had my online radio streaming while camping on my iPhone. When I woke up, I had chewed up a little over 200megs. That was a 64k stream for 8 hours.

So if you have a decent data plan, you could stream until the cows come home. I actually stream my music in my car. I use TUNER and have an iphone mount with FM transmitter built in. I select the station I want and away I go. It only sucks when I duck out of a 3G area as it starts to get a little patchy.

So back to your question, about 28Megs an hour is what a 64k stream would cost you...(roughly).
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I use 1MB/minute as a rough guide when streaming 128kbps music from Tuner.
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Old Sep 1st, 2008, 01:38 PM   #6
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ok, thanks for the replies, my excitement has kind of tapered off now. damn the 6gb cap!
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Old Sep 1st, 2008, 02:16 PM   #7
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100 hours of streaming isn't enough? Don't forget your will probably be around wifi some of the time, and streaming over 3G sucks up all your battery so you won't be able to walk around for an extended period with it playing anyways.
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Taking into account that iPhones and services and applications are new and probably under-used still, Rogers claims that only one person in the country has so far gone over the 6GB limitation.


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ok, thanks for the replies, my excitement has kind of tapered off now. damn the 6gb cap!
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that's true, i guess realistically i won't be always using data, and i guess like you said the battery life will keep me in check. hmmm.
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Dear HowEver:

My math, as you say, is bad.

Where I goofed was thinking that Rogers' plan was 6gigaBITS per month instead of gigaBYTES.

So, as Emily Latella might say, "...never mind."
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