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Rdio boosts streaming quality

Music-streaming service Rdio is updating its catalog to 320kbps for higher quality playback.

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Music-streaming service Rdio is updating its catalog to support higher quality playback.

(Credit: Rdio)

Announced in a blog post, Rdio will convert every song in its catalog to a higher-quality AAC at 320kbps. Rdio has partnered with Bob Weir from The Grateful Dead to push a new initiative called "Artists for Quality".

Subscription prices for Rdio will remain the same, with 320kbps as the new standard. In Australia, a web-only Rdio subscription costs AU$8.90, while an unlimited subscription is AU$12.90 and includes web and mobile listening.

Rdio follows in the footsteps of other streaming services that already offer 320kbps streams such as Spotify and Beats Music. Here is a list of the services that offer high-quality streams, though not all provide details on the format used:

  • Google Play Music All Access: 320kbps

  • Spotify: 320kbps (with Premium subscription)

  • MOG/Beats Music: 320kbps (MOG will soon be Beats Music in Australia)

  • Deezer: 320kbps (with Premium subscription)

  • Songl: 320kbps

  • Sony Music Unlimited: 320kbps

  • Rara: 320kbps Dolby Pulse

The momentum for higher quality music has been increasing over the past few years, with projects such as Neil Young's high-res Pono player in demand.