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YouTube (Music) 255Kbit audio for premium users?

This mentions 255Kbit audio which is something I've never heard before and which Google knows nothing about.

I thought the maximum YouTube offered was ~160Kbit Opus audio.

Does anyone have a premium YouTube subscription and can check whether YouTube actually offers a higher-bitrate/better audio for such subscribers?

What's the codec? Opus as well?

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Reply #1
YouTube had 256-ish kbit/s for a while some years ago. I think it was AAC only, before they went Opus.

Which brings me to ... is the original upload kept in YouTube for later transcoding?

(YouTube has been quite a source of compression artifacts, but I guess that is often due to people picking a youtube download, processing it with new video, and uploading it in whatever low bitrate suits their data plan.)
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Does anyone have a premium YouTube subscription and can check whether YouTube actually offers a higher-bitrate/better audio for such subscribers?
[paranoid mode]And do we think YouTube will actively degrade the sound for free users, to drive up subscriptions?[/paranoid mode]

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Reply #3
Does anyone have a premium YouTube subscription and can check whether YouTube actually offers a higher-bitrate/better audio for such subscribers?
[paranoid mode]And do we think YouTube will actively degrade the sound for free users, to drive up subscriptions?[/paranoid mode]

Why not?  :D

Jokes aside Opus at 160Kbit is 100% transparent for me  8)

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Reply #4
YouTube premium offers AAC 44100Hz 256K CBR audio.  I don't remember if there is a higher Opus offering though.




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Reply #8
I thought the maximum YouTube offered was ~160Kbit Opus audio.
Maybe that's just me, but I never come across such files. Yes, I remember that youtube-dl was showing codec 251 as opus@160k, but after downloading it was always around 130kbps file.

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Reply #9
I thought the maximum YouTube offered was ~160Kbit Opus audio.
Maybe that's just me, but I never come across such files. Yes, I remember that youtube-dl was showing codec 251 as opus@160k, but after downloading it was always around 130kbps file.

It's 160 nominal and ~130Kbit/sec in real life.

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Reply #10
YT has its problems with downloading.

https://torrentfreak.com/major-record-labels-sue-youtube-dl-hosting-provider-220114/
https://torrentfreak.com/youtube-rippers-oppose-82-million-piracy-damages-recommendation-220103/

Isn't the new hotness yt-dlp, which is hosted on Github?

And you need to supply login cookies to it anyway to download the higher quality premium content.