Universal Music Group is in talks with Apple and other music servers to give users access to 24-bit audio, which is better than the 16-bit audio offered by CDs.
Everyone's all about high-definition video these days. Standard-def content? Pfft. Call me when you've got a resolution of at least 720p. And yet everyone short of picky audiophiles (who are just as likely to prefer lo-fi vinyl recordings) seems to be perfectly happy with 16-bit, CD-quality audio.
Perhaps the problem is simply a matter of supply. Higher quality 24-bit audio tracks have largely been limited to specialized media like Super Audio CDs and DVD-Audio discs. However, according to exec Jimmy Iovine, the Universal Music Group is talking with Apple and other music service providers about giving users access to 24-bit content.