Originally Posted by Josh O
I'm noticing that Pandora through my Storm sounds so much more compressed than my iPod. I think maybe I'll try Slacker to hear the sound quality differences.
This may be obvious, but every step in the process of encoding, decoding, and transmitting can degrade the sound quality. All other steps being equal, when riding in a car I see two main differences between itunes on an ipod and pandora on a blackberry:
A Pandora Radio stream is more compressed than a track downloaded from iTunes onto an iPod (or even a Pandora stream over wifi/wired internet), so some quality will be lost there. I think Pandora Radio adjusts the stream for signal strength, too, so if you're in a weak (non-3G) area, you'll get an even more compressed stream.
I don't know about their respective playback circuitry, but it wouldn't surprise me to learn that an ipod has better audio hardware than a blackberry.