SoundCloud Reportedly Reduces Audio Quality

SoundCloud recently changed its streaming audio format from 128kbps MP3 to 64kbps Opus, Pigeons & Planes reports, effectively reducing the platform’s audio quality. Although Opus is a higher quality file format and should sound better even with a lower bitrate, users are still noticing a significant drop in quality on both browsers and the SoundCloud Go app. New Jersey producer Direct, who has created a plugin to restore the 128kbps MP3s, explains the phenomenon:

SoundCloud has yet to comment.

UPDATE: SoundCloud has denied decreasing audio quality. “We always appreciate feedback, but these reports are inaccurate,” a spokesperson for the company tells Billboard in a statement. “SoundCloud has not altered its approach to audio quality. We have been using the Opus codec (among others) since 2016, and we regularly test different combinations of encoding and streaming to offer listeners a quality experience on any device. Furthermore, we store all content from creators at its originally uploaded quality level so we can continually adapt to advances in encoding and playback.”

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