SoundCloud Quietly Shrinks Bitrates by 50%

Without making a peep, online streaming platform SoundCloud swapped out 128kbps for 64kbps and changed its codec from MP3 to Opus.

Even though Opus insists that their product is superior to passé MP3 codec, when paired with 64kbps bitrates, you’re looking at the “world’s largest music and audio platform” having a subpar product. SoundCloud keeps digging themselves further and further into one big black hole.

After multiple allegations reduced sound quality, SoundCloud representatives finally :