Yah for real. The article didn't say anything about prices but im sure it will suck. Why would I want to repurchase all my songs that I overpaid for in the first place? It's like they're trying to get us to pirate music.
The guest may be referring to the group of users who will end up thinking that getting the "higher fidelity" files will make it sound better on their phone/laptop speakers or $10 ear buds... It might, but it most likely won't make any difference in those situations.
Doesn't iTunes already offer audio files in ALAC format for this exact reason?
"But what exactly is different? 96khz? 24bit? Surround? Uncompressed? Or it is just "high fidelity" and that's it?"
My understanding from the referenced PDF document is this: 'Mastered for itunes' (AAC Plus) files are "resampled" from XXkhz to 44.1khz from the master. The AAC plus file is not dithered, so it should be 24bit if the master was 24bit.
After the "Sample Rate Conversion" which converts the master to 44.1kHz, the encoding process presumably reduces the bitrate.
Ever heard of vinyl? Also, this is just why my brother worked all his life and has no money to his name. He bought the vinyl single, the album, the 8 track, the cassette, the cd, and now multiple downloads? He has vhs, cable, dvd, and now blu-ray. He hardly listens to or watches any of them.