Poll: Do you use our 48kbit and 64kbit streams?

Poll: Do you use our 48kbit and 64kbit streams?

We serve our stream in three different formats, or bitrates. Our webplayer uses 128kbit for a good quality stereo stream, then there's a 48kbit AAC+ stream for low bandwidth stereo (good for slower and limited mobile connections) plus our 64kbit mono stream. We've hade these for quite a while now and not very many tune in on lower bandwidth streams. Perhaps we could drop these and perhaps make a 192kbit stream instead for higher quality?

What are your thoughts?

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Do you tune in to our 48kbit or 64kbit streams

Comments

priell33

priell33 3 November, 2014 at 20:09 1

I use the player on the homepage when I visit RR, otherwise I stream using my phone or tablet through the Fusion Music Player app for Android.

J 19 November, 2014 at 23:20 0

I have an employer who'll get prickish if I don't use the lowest bandwidth available to me.

Elrond

Elrond 20 November, 2014 at 10:03 0

Doesn't your employer want you to listen to great quality music? Perhaps he/she needs to hear Radio Rivendell in full 128kbit stereo? :P

Histrion

Histrion 21 November, 2014 at 22:50 0

I use the webplayer while I'm at work, but at home I use TuneIn Radio over our phone-based DSL. I have no idea how that works, or whether you provide them with a higher- or lower-bitrate stream, but if listening on TIR over our slowish internet requires that you have a 48 AAC+, then keep at it. :-)

TME520 3 December, 2014 at 03:50 0

In my experience, mobile Internet isn't reliable enough to allow you to listen to a streamed radio while moving. There's always a moment when it will stutter, or stall completely.

On the other hand, I feel sympathy for people with low bandwidth at home. I personally use the 128Kbps stream, but in harder times or in remote locations, I would be extremely happy to be able to listen to RR at 48Kbps.

Also, a 192Kbps stream would be a plus, but is far from necessary.