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Does Playing Loud Music Drain Your Battery Faster?

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Listening to a song puts very little strain on the CPU, doesn t require GPS, and often doesn t require wi-fi so long as the music files are stored on your phone .

Simple physics says that listening to louder music should use up battery faster, but I still wanted to know exactly how much.

I m definitely not the first to consider this nagging question—as evidenced by threads on Quora, Reddit, and Yahoo Answers—but I wanted to independently test this hypothesis so I could be absolutely sure it s true.

So, I charged my iPhone 5 completely and kept it in Airplane Mode with all apps besides Music closed and the screen off.

For music I picked Speedy Ortiz s Major Arcana and let it loop over and over through crummy EarPods under a pile of socks to muffle the noise.

Early estimates suggested it would have taken several days to drain my poor old phone s battery from 100 per cent to nothing, so I capped each test after 5 hours.

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