Streaming services seek to optimise their use of bandwidth across audio and visual
channels to maximise the quality of experience for users. This letter evaluates
whether objective quality metrics can predict the audio quality for music encoded
at low bitrates by comparing objective predictions with results from listener
tests. Three objective metrics were benchmarked: PEAQ, POLQA, and VISQOLAudio. The
results demonstrate objective metrics designed for speech quality assessment have a
strong potential for quality assessment of low bitrate audio codecs.