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How much of a drain on smartphone battery is listening to music?

How much of a drain on smartphone battery is listening to music? I'd guess having the screen lit up and browsing (in silence!) is worse, but not sure!

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Developer  Jan. 12, 2015 at 23:16

Leaving the screen on is definitely going to take more power then listening to music. Listening to music keeps the processor on (some phones deal with this a bit better then others, processor cores not being used can be shut down), but you should be able to get a lot of play time. If you are streaming music over wifi, and wifi stays on all the time that will eat up quite a bit more battery.

spruceyb  Jan. 13, 2015 at 09:08

Qualcomm devices are the bomb when it comes to music, if it's MP3 or AAC the processor can go to sleep and the Hexagon DSP takes care of the music playback and uses next to nothing.

CTPAHHIK  Jan. 13, 2015 at 09:49

It will also depend on which application you are using to play music. I usually use Google Music and it is a battery hog. When I use stock Sony player battery drain is about 3-4 time slower than Google Play.

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