Rdio is now offering streaming music at 320 kbps, which competitors Spotify, Beats Music, and Deezer already do. Rdio has also started converting their whole catalogue to the AAC format, which offers better sound quality than the MP3. Wimp also offers an AAC catalogue, but they are only available in a few European countries.
Rdio says they will continue to “raise the bar” on streaming quality in places with stable networks. They’ll also work on their delivery in markets with inconsistent networks.
These changes come from an “Artists For Quality” initiative from The Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. Rdio has joined the initiative “to commit to both artists and music fans to establish the highest standard of streaming quality in the digital music space“.
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