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    Former Squeezebox Guy andyg's Avatar
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    There's a lot of different formats Napster uses.

    WMA DRM (to-go subscription). These are 192k I believe.
    DRM-free MP3 purchases (128k or 256k depending on the album)
    WMA streaming (128k)

    We only use the 128k WMA streaming format and as far as I can see they are all at 128k. The following chart shows the formats Napster provides for streaming:

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    Codec	                        Container   Bitrates	       Protocol
    Windows Media Audio v9 (WMA)	WMA	    20, 32, 128 Kbps   MMS
    MP3	                        FLV	    32, 128 Kbps       RTSP / RTMP

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    The Plot Thickens

    This is where I'm confused by Napster as their customer support told me just yesterday...
    At this time, the majority of tracks that are streamed from the Napster service are offered at a bit rate of 192Kbps. Tracks that are not available at 192Kbps are streamed at 128Kbps. We are working on upgrading all of our tracks to a higher bit rate, but unfortunately there is no estimated time table for every track offered in the Napster service.
    Andy, your comment that the 128kbps track-info on my SBC is hard-written means it cannot be used to check the streaming rate. Is it possible that the higher rate is available but just not requested by Sbox?

    I've asked them to please specify a track that they know to be streamed at 192kbps so that I can check it. So far no response.

    Anyone know how I can check the actual stream rate when using the Napster web interface or software?

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    Quote Originally Posted by KMorgan View Post
    I've asked them to please specify a track that they know to be streamed at 192kbps so that I can check it. So far no response.
    I've always had the best response ringing them.

    If you do get a reply, let us know, cos I'd be interested in your findings :-)

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    Napster say that with 9 million tracks they don't have a record of what is streamed at what bit rate. So no joy there. However, it would seem fair to assume that the newest releases are streamed at 192kbps. What I'd like to know is...

    Is my SB streaming Napster at the highest available bit rate?
    Can the SB code be tweaked to show actual bit rate rather than 128kbps regardless?
    Is there a way I can check the bit rate in the absence of the above?

    Keith

    p.s. I should perhaps mention that I'm in the UK. Do Napster stream at different rates dependent on continent?
    Last edited by KMorgan; 2010-01-15 at 04:47.
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    Bump, for Andy. Any thoughts?

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    Hi guys, I checked 3 random New Releases and they are all streaming at 128kbps:

    30 Seconds to Mars - This Is War
    BT - Suddenly
    David Newman - The Spy Next Door Soundtrack

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    Thanks for that Andy.

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    Sorry to bump this old thread, but can someone confirm that Napster streams on Squeezebox are still only 128kbps? I've been thinking of switching to save some money but will keep Rhapsody if this is the case. Thanks.

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    Yes Napster is still 128k WMA.

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