How To Fix SoundCloud’s New Streaming Format

How To Fix SoundCloud’s New Streaming Format

SoundCloud recently switched its music streams from 128Kb/s MP3 to 64Kb/s Opus. Many users hear a drop in sound quality in the higher frequencies. So artist Joseph Lyncheski, aka Direct, built an extension for Chrome and Firefox to force the site to stream in its old format. (For now, Safari is still streaming in MP3.)

I’ll be honest: I can’t really tell the difference on most songs. But plenty of other people do. If you’re one of them, just download the extension and you’re all set.

SoundCloud had a rough 2017, laying off 40 per cent of its staff, with rumours that the site nearly shut down before getting saved by a $US170 ($217) million round of funding.

The company is in trouble and the site, while still being a fantastic place for new and niche artists to share their work, seems to be getting worse. It might be time for music fans to jump to a newer music service.

[Chrome Web Store]


  • I know Opus is good, but it seems a drastic drop to halve the bit rate. There will always be people who don’t understand the perceptual part of perceptual encoding and just compare numbers, but keeping it at least 96 kbps would seem a better place to start.

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