We like new stuff at Absolute. Today sees us launch three new streaming formats for listening to our stations online. You can find them at http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/listen/on_your_computer.html
AAC+, also called HE-AAC or High Efficiency Advanced Audio Codec, sounds really good at low bitrates so it’s brilliant for listening on your mobile phone. We’ve started off with a 48k stream which is being used in our new Clock Radio apps. You can play it on your computer with WinAMP or VLC Media Player. Have a read here if you want more technical details.
Because AAC+ is not playable on all mobile devices we have also sorted out a Quicktime friendly MP3 stream. Try out the new links here: http://www.absoluteradio.co.uk/listen/on_your_mobile.html
Finally, and most interestingly, we’ve also launched a OGG-FLAC option for you lot who are after listening to us in the best quality possible. FLAC compression is entirely “lossless” which means when it’s decoded on your computer it is exactly the same as it started out. This means you are effectively getting a direct feed from our studio! The downside is it takes a lot of internet connectivity; averaging around 1Mbit/sec so best not to use it if your broadband provider limits your usage. Check first!
Have fun and let us know what you think of our new formats.