It has been an interesting few days, last week we did a bit of a revaluation on how things were progressing. Now, everybody today talks in Mega and Giga terminology because if you live (as many do) in big metropolitan areas you have access to superfast broadband. But there are many people out there who live in smaller cities and rural areas where they can’t get the full benefit of the latest technology. Let us not forget also the many people who struggle to live on a minimum wage or have young families and have to budget carefully.
Being the sort of people we are, we felt that everyone should have access to our stream regardless. So we have put on an extra stream, at a low bitrate that won’t eat up your data allowance and will still function where the internet is not at its best. We strived to get a balance between low bit rate and reasonable audio quality so we have gone for a 32Kb AAC mono stream, for those not up on the technicalities I will explain our reasoning. Firstly 32 Kb is one of the lowest bitrates, saving you data, secondly MP3 streams sound awful at lower bit rates so we chose AAC+ which is a more modern and higher quality method of compressing the stream giving much better audio quality at lower bit rates. Finally we went for mono, have you ever noticed on stereo FM radio if the signal gets scratchy but you want to continue listening if you switch to mono it suddenly improves? Same principle here, by going mono we are effectively doubling the quality. (You didn’t really need to know all that to just listen, but hey!).
We did some experimenting over the weekend and we believe we have got the best we can get at that low bit rate. I have to say I have been listening to the new stream over the weekend and it’s cool. It is what it is, and sounded great on my phone while traveling around over the last couple of days. We will be putting a link to it on the website shortly.
The Radio Dude.