I wouldn't count on it happening unless it absolutely has to, and since 40Kbps AAC+v2 sounds as good as it does, why use more bandwidth than has to be used?
Bandwidth is a funny thing... at some point, we all pay for the data being moved over the internet. The service (Slacker) pays for the maximum amount of bandwidth they can have at any one point in time. We the consumers pay for our home internet service, wireless service, or whatever internet connection we have. And if there's too much data being moved at once over a network that can't handle it, we pay for it with either slowness and congestion, or maybe even complete network failure. And we might see an increase in our service cost, due to the need to upgrade the network to handle the additional data usage.
In several parts of the country, AT&T is experiencing wireless network congestion, and sometimes failure, because of extreme data usage. Some statistics that I saw on Engadget earlier this week said that iPhone users move 9x more data than the average Smartphone user with another device! AT&T's 3G HSPA network in most areas is capable of up to 3.6Mbps capacity (Verizon's EVDO network is capable of about 3.0Mbps). AT&T alone will spend $18 Billion (yes, that's with a B) on just UPGRADES to their existing network to handle the increased traffic (upgrades to 7.2Mbps are being rolled out in many areas). Personally, I'd rather see them use that money to expand their 3G coverage more! But obviously increased reliability is a bit more of a priority. And I can assure you that the AT&T cell site near where my second job is has definitely experienced issues lately, sometimes losing 3G connectivity for minutes, sometimes for an hour or more.
So as much as people want more bandwidth usage, and the higher quality that comes as a result, you have to look at it from the other side. More bandwidth usage costs everyone in some way... are you ready to pay for it?
Now listening on:
- Galaxy Note 2
- iPad 3
- Windows 8 app