Latest in Audio

Image credit:

Rdio is improving audio quality while keeping prices stationary

Billy Steele
04.29.14
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Sponsored Links

Improving audio quality is seemingly all the rage right now, and Rdio is looking to do its part to upgrade the listening experience. The music streaming service announced it's started converting its entire catalog to the AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) format, making 320 kbps its new standard. This means that while the audio will be improved, it'll still fall short of most of your CDs at home. In case you're wondering, Spotify offers three quality settings: 96 kbps (Normal), 160 kbps (High/Standard on desktop) and 320 kbps (Extreme/High on desktop) that's only available to premium users.

During the process, Rdio has partnered with The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir on "Artist's for Quality" to further improve matters with the help of musicians. To keep things on the up and up, the company will work alongside artists and labels, continuing to bolster streams and overcome bandwidth issues. As of now, the higher quality won't hit your wallet for more money each month -- which is always a good thing.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share
Save

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

Engadget's Guide to Privacy

View
AT&T reportedly considers offloading its DirecTV satellite unit

AT&T reportedly considers offloading its DirecTV satellite unit

View
T-Mobile’s Sprint merger is opposed by 18 state attorneys general

T-Mobile’s Sprint merger is opposed by 18 state attorneys general

View
HBO Max will revive 'The Boondocks' for a two-season run

HBO Max will revive 'The Boondocks' for a two-season run

View
Microsoft plans to bring broadband to 9 million more Americans

Microsoft plans to bring broadband to 9 million more Americans

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr