[Music] Use Opus Codec instead of OGG Vorbis

Many users are currently complaining about the sound quality of Spotify. A new open-source codec called Opus is available and it may improve the sound quality on the same bitrate to improve extreme quality for premium users. Also, when Spotify will already use the codec, they can reduce the bitrate of the normal quality without reducing the sound quality. It is great for reducing bandwidth use and making songs faster to load. It will also make the users who use old versions be discouraged to use the old app. A comparison of Opus to other codecs is in this link https://www.opus-codec.org/comparison/ . Examples are here http://opus-codec.org/examples/ .


Updated on 2019-08-29

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Unless is is significantly more CPU intensive (thus battery draining on mobile devices) I can't see why this would not be a good idea going forward.


In modern times of High-resolution music Spotify should follow this trend and not staying with low-resolution !

or at least giving the possibility for High-res music ....now it's only good for background music.

i am seriously thinking going to Tidal where the music is of CD quality and they are going to offer higher resolutions too.



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@battant22 I believe Spotify already uses vorbis which is a free audio codec ;)


As far as I know Spotifiy has the data lossless stored (other streaming services have lossless too). I guess there is no storage problem.

It is about the streaming (where they have to encode in certain codec). Wide device compatibility ist what they want, and maybe that is why opus is still "too new". What will be the next step? Deezer already uses lossless streaming (flac). Maybe they skip opus and turn to lossless...


I really would like to have it optional if that is possible. I would use streaming service with opus codec. For example Ogg vorbis by default and 3 quality ratings optional for opus as an advanced user setting.



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They need to switch to aac.  Because phones include hardware decoders for it.  iOS may support opus.  But does it do do more efficiently than aac? 

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I think I changed my mind here after reading the posts.  Opus sounds amazing.  Especially if it will improve battery life. 

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Is there an update on implementing the Opus format? It has already proven itself, and will provide either identical quality at lower bitrates (very nice for mobile users) or superior quality at the same bitrates as today.


Considering the strong backing from companies like Apple, it seems like a no-brainer. Opus is the official successor to Ogg Vorbis, after all.


@EduXicao wrote:

Sometimes, I can't hear it even a little bit louder without stress my hears. High frequencies on Ogg Vorbis are very harsh and there is no way to correct it in equalizer, because the codec introduces too HF noise in all HF spectrum. YouTube audio quality is greater than ever, even in lower bitrates like 120~ kbps for web interface. Spotify free uses 160kbps as you know, and the sound does not get better than OPUS codec at higher bitrates in premium subscription. Spotify needs to change. 

I noticed that the issues I used to have was more about the vorbis codecs implementation in some devices than quality brought by the codec itself. The 320Kbps Vorbis quality is something with the good codec I use now. As every new technology, it has some edges to shave. Now, it is happening to me that some devices has the same kinds of issues and others now with OPUS codec. So, rethinking, Spotify may have done the better choice for a while given the current codec stability.