Apple iTunes to get better audio quality?

Posted on Monday, August 14 2006 @ 0:35 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
Apple upgraded the iTunes Producer software used by studios to encode tracks for iTMS distribution to create lossless AAC content.
While the simple availability of this option certainly doesn't mean that higher-quality downloads are on the way -- for one thing, the so-called Apple Lossless Encoder still lacks the required FairPlay support -- Ars Technica points out that Cupertino and Hollywood could both potentially benefit from a less lossy option. Since tracks encoded in this format can be almost ten times as big as equivalent MP3s, widespread availability of lossless music may convince consumers to step up to higher capacity iPods, which would seem to be in Apple's best interest. As for the music studios, these high-fidelity tracks could presumably fetch more than the 99 cents that 128Kbps files go for, opening a door for the tiered pricing structures that content providers so desire.
More info at Engadget.

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