SoundCloud‘s continuous reign of bad news isn’t coming to an end anytime soon. The platform recently changed its default streaming format from a 128kbps MP3 to a 64kbps Opus. This change “drastically reduces the audio quality and can introduce strange artifacts,” states DirectOfficial on Twitter.
The streaming platform is using an old, outdated Opus codec so the quality isn’t as up-to-par as it should be. It should be as good or better than the 128kbps MP3, but the older codec imposes some limitations, including audio quality sacrifice.
SoundCloud is notorious for destroying the quality of its users’ audio by converting to the 128kbps MP3. While the average person may not recognize or notice the update, audiophiles that flourish on the platform will.
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