Platforms including Spotify, TIDAL, and Apple Music have been leading the adapting world of streaming, but Soundcloud still dominates in its unique market. Unlike the top apps in the music streaming game, Soundcloud allows creatives to upload new sounds free of charge in hopes of expanding their audiences. This sounds great, right? However, one of the few cons of uploading music to SoundCloud is its lack of quality compared to Spotify, TIDAL or Apple Music.
Even though 128kps wasn’t the best bitrate max it could be, Soundcloud has reduced it’s streaming format down to a discouraging 64kps. A few SoundCloud users have noticed a change . Twitter user, @DirectOffical took to social media to address the substantial difference. He states, “Soundcloud recently changed their streaming format from 128kbps MP3 to 64kbps Opus. This drastically reduces the audio quality and can introduce strange artifacts”.
Whether you’ve been streaming music on the app for free or have a SoundCloud GO account, the dramatic drop apparently affects all listeners. SoundCloud reps have not released any full explanation as to why they’ve cut back on the birate, but there are plugins in place to restore quality back to 128kps.
There’s been a lot of issues and changes going on within music streaming that can in turn significantly change the way artists share their music; listeners interact with artists and the costs of both. Hopefully, all companies can release remedies for all issues.
Soundcloud recently changed their streaming format from 128kbps MP3 to 64kbps Opus. This drastically reduces the audio quality and can introduce strange artifacts.
— Direct (@DirectOfficial) January 3, 2018