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SoundCloud adds high-quality streaming to its Go+ service

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Update October 17th, 3:30PM ET: When reached for comment, SoundCloud says content uploaded to its service in lossless formats will not be available to stream in a lossless quality like on Tidal or Deezer, but “will be available to stream in high quality at 256kbps AAC.” The original post remains below.

SoundCloud is bringing lossless audio to its Go+ streaming service, the company announced today. Users who subscribe to the $10-a-month service will be able to listen to any music uploaded to SoundCloud in the high-quality audio format by opting in through the “streaming quality” option in settings at no additional cost.

Currently, Tidal and Deezer both offer lossless audio streaming, but you’ll have to pay a premium to access that audio quality: both services charge $20 a month for their respective hi-fi audio tiers. Tidal and Deezer stream their lossless audio using FLAC at 44.1 kHz / 16 bit, but Tidal also offers a high-resolution audio tier called Masters, which streams FLAC or WAV at 96 kHz / 24 bit.

SoundCloud hasn’t said which lossless container it will use to stream its audio, but we’ve reached out to the company and will update when we hear back.