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Has Spotify bitrate increased??

I haven't seen anyone talking about this, apart from @greentheonly mentioning it on twitter recently. This morning I checked for myself, and I think he might be right!

For context; I stop short of claiming to be an audiophile, but I am pretty picky when it comes to music listening. I always found the in-car Spotify streaming quality to be terrible, and so have been using bluetooth instead, for the last 20 months or so. Every now and then, after the car software updates, I would check to see if there had been any improvement in the sound quality. I have a few "go-to" songs that I use for this, where I can easily pick a low bitrate stream. I will switch back and forth between the in-car Spotify and my phone bluetooth, running Spotify at "Very High" quality and "Normalize volume" turned off. Usually the difference is night and day; easily distinguishable. As I said, I'm not an audiophile; I can't pick the difference between my bluetooth stream and a 320kbps mp3 via USB, but could easily hear the low quality in-car stream.

Today, when I used my usual test method, I really struggled to pick the difference between in-car Spotify and my phone bluetooth. My 3LR is on 2021.36 and I'm located in Australia. I've setup my hotspot so I can test it for longer going forward, but at this point I think Tesla have finally allowed the full Sportify Connect bitrate! I think they've also added a little cache too.

Has anyone else had a noticed this? Has anyone managed to check the data transfer rate to verify?

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The immersive sound update 2021.32.2x seems to have made some changes to the sound stage of the car even on the same setting. This is both per my own experience and other feedback I’ve read online. Maybe that’s what you’re hearing?

It’s been a few days since I listened to anything on Spotify in the car, I’ll see if I can notice any differences the next time I’m in the car, in case something was updated on spotifys end.
 
The immersive sound update 2021.32.2x seems to have made some changes to the sound stage of the car even on the same setting. This is both per my own experience and other feedback I’ve read online. Maybe that’s what you’re hearing?

It’s been a few days since I listened to anything on Spotify in the car, I’ll see if I can notice any differences the next time I’m in the car, in case something was updated on spotifys end.
I don't use immersive sound at all. I always have it off. I doubt it's anything on Spotifys end, since Spotify Connect already streams at 320kbps by default. The consensus is that Tesla have likely been throttling it to save data. Now it sounds like they've lifted the restriction.
 
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