Apple introduces higher fidelity 'Mastered for iTunes' section

Shawn Knight

TechSpot Staff
Staff member
Digital music has forever changed the way people listen to their favorite tunes but many artists and sound engineers have been unhappy with the quality of distributed tracks thus far.…

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Ranger12

TS Evangelist
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.
 
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davislane1

Guest said:
Oh great another way to squeeze money out of dumb customers -.-
If the customer feels the price premium is justified, how are they being "dumb" exactly?
 

madboyv1

TechSpot Paladin
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.
 
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davislane1

Hard to argue with your logic, sir. But sometimes the guests bite the hook...Makes for some fun every now and then, so I had to go for it.
 
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Guest

But what exactly is different? 96khz? 24bit? Surround? Uncompressed? Or it is just "high fidelity" and that's it?
 
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Guest

If it's comparable to wav or flac and if you have good cans then it could be worth it for some.
 
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Guest

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.
 
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Guest

it's all marketing smoke and mirrors.
iTunes will still be selling you a piece of crap compressed file.
The only real difference is that the piece of crap is made from a better source.

Nice marketing try Apple, but no cigar.
 

tonylukac

TS Evangelist
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.
 
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Guest

captainawesome, you're making me salivate! LOL

I too can't wait hear some of that noise! ;)