Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 28th Oct 2011 20:42 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Apple Apple has open sourced ALAC. "The Apple Lossless Audio Codec is an audio codec developed by Apple and supported on iPhone, iPad, most iPods, Mac and iTunes. ALAC is a data compression method which reduces the size of audio files with no loss of information. A decoded ALAC stream is bit-for-bit identical to the original uncompressed audio file. The Apple Lossless Audio Codec project contains the sources for the ALAC encoder and decoder. Also included is an example command line utility, called alacconvert, to read and write audio data to/from Core Audio Format and WAVE files. A description of a 'magic cookie' for use with files based on the ISO base media file format (e.g. MP4 and M4A) is included as well. The Apple Lossless Audio Codec sources are available under the Apache license."
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RE[2]: 24bit music
by fran on Sun 30th Oct 2011 13:44 UTC in reply to "RE: 24bit music"
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Yes, what do i know.

Most will not hear it because they dont have the equipment. (monitor quality speakers ect.)
Also the majority of music is beat, emo orientated.
It will comes into its with music with higher timbral complexity.

"The advantages of 24-bit audio will vary with different recordings, different equipment, different listeners--but if you’re an audiophile with excellent gear and a trained ear, you should notice the bump up in quality. Now that we’ve got a handle on 24-bit audio, it’s time to broaden our focus; bit depth and sample rates aren’t the only factors in the quality equation."

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