Apple Looks Towards Music Files That Surpass CD Quality
Date: Friday, February 25, 2011 @ 13:06:28 UTC

Apple is apparently in talks with music companies to offer high quality 24-bit music files, CNN reports. Other digital music retailers are also investigating the possibility, according to Jimmy Iovine, chairman of Universal's Interscope-Geffen-A&M record label. This is good news for audiophiles, who have long bemoaned the popularity of heavily compressed music files. It's also a sign that Apple, and other music retailers, are finally ready to leap beyond CDs and offer consumers something akin to "high definition" music. Standard audio CDs are encoded at a 16-bit resolution, so offering 24-bit files - the resolution most music producers capture in studio recordings - would be a major fidelity leap. Complete Article

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