In early December, SoundCloud announced that all creators now have the ability to upload, store and download files up to 4GB. (Previously, this was only available to creators with a Pro account.) What this means is that creators can upload their work as lossless HD or uncompressed files, which is helpful for collaboration, archiving and HD streaming.
The SoundCloud 101 tutorial on high quality audio, posted HERE, explains a few of the different types of files and how they can be used. While a lossy file, like an MP3, can be good for saving space, it’s quite compressed and that can adversely effect things like sound quality. A lossless file is a better option. Although it’s also compressed, a lossless file retains the information that lossy files might not. You can also upload uncompressed files.
Why is this important? SoundCloud transcodes and optimizes your music for streaming playback. Uploading a lossless or uncompressed file helps retain the sound quality in this transition. Moreover, SoundCloud offers high quality streaming for Go+ users, so you’ll want to make sure that the best audio quality is available for these listeners. Plus, since SoundCloud can also be used for file storage, you can use this function to save a backup file or share it with collaborators.
SoundCloud recommends uploading WAV, FLAC, AIFF or ALAC files, although it accepts a number of other files.