Originally Posted by ray_subsonic
This is one of those cases where you have to think about your wording a bit. Saying "The Site" adds artefacts to audio is most probably erroneous. My guess is that it's little to do with "artefacts" being introduced at the file level. I tend to think a null test with an original and a downloaded file will prove very little.
I've definitely noticed the issues you're talking about re : audio quality. To me, it sounds more like an issue with either a lossy codec, or an encoding-decoding issue that might affect the streaming process. I'm not literate at the coding level, so I'll leave it to anyone who is, to venture an explanation.
I know from user-experience that the Soundcloud media player is significantly more stable and faster than some of the other media players out there. The data stream is predominantly audio data. Still, sound quality is usually traded-off for stability and speed in lossy audio codecs. In contrast, MySpace is a good example of how custom coding and graphics heavy pages interfere with the performance of the data stream and the audio player.
Just a few thoughts. Cheers RAy
Hi, yeah i appreciate that my original wording may have been mis-informed, apologies for that man, what I have tended to notice is during streamed playback on the site..not when a file is downloaded and then listened back to.
In particular I have noticed that 'distortion' seems to be more noticeable (i use that term loosely) in low frequencies rather than highs, sub basses and kicks develop a 'fart' (haha, I really am bringing out the technical terms now! but thats what it sounds like!) when streamed through the sites media player.
I really do appreciate how great soundcloud is, and i understand how its player is one of the best out there..but as the site grows ever more popular not just as a place to listen casually to music but as a way to send private links to potential clients and labels..these are issues that need to be considered.