It’s been years since I’ve enjoyed an unlimited data plan. Keeping an eye on how much data I’m using during a billing cycle is very important to avoid spending more money on our cellular plan. Once I signed up to use Apple Music I started wondering if there was a way to adjust the streaming quality on my iPhone or iPad to avoid unwanted data charges.
Prior to iOS 9 there wasn’t a way to adjust the streaming quality of Apple Music. If you’re running iOS 9 on your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, you can easily adjust settings on your device to increase the quality of music you’re listening to.
If you would like to change the streaming quality of your music go to Settings > Music > and select/deselect High Quality on Cellular. When you activate this high quality setting you will use more cellular data and songs may take longer to start playing.
Previously I turned this setting on to try out “high quality”, but noticed some songs were taking a lot longer to start playing and in some cases songs would stop during playback or songs would be skipped altogether.
As a result of this, I decided to go back and turn this off and so I could enjoy Apple Music in less than high quality. Songs load faster and aren’t being skipped like they were with this setting turned on. If I’m being honest, I can’t tell the difference between high quality and less than high quality.
You may not notice playback issues like I did with this turned on so don’t hesitate to give it a try. At least if you do start having playback errors you’ll know it’s probably because you recently adjusted this setting.