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[4]: 24bit music
by fran on Sun 30th Oct 2011 15:39 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 24bit music"
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""audiophile with excellent gear and a trained ear" have been shown, again and again, to be generally unable to demonstrate their claims when any sort of rigour is applied to them. And no wonder, their brains are the most invested (emotionally or otherwise) in those claims, and are also treated as a self-contained instrument of judging them (vs. following an essentially scientific methodology in ABX)"

I agree many of these things is just hot air.
Like that the picture with a $500 dollar HDMI cable looks better than an $50 dollar one.
That low oxygen interconnects, anti vibrations cones, powerconditioners will all perceptibly improve your sound. I don't believe that.

I do however listened to some guitar music in 24 bit flac files.
There isn't a huge difference but i do hear it, especially on the guitar.
You sound like someone that knows more than me on these stuff. I'm not saying this sarcastically.
I would have given you the benefit of the doubt if I had not spoken to musicians and studio people in the last few years that record their music in that format and attest the sound difference. Not so much the HZ but the jump from 16bit to 24bit. Like i said before you would have to listen to it through something like studio monitors or headphones and maybe a class A or A/B amplifier will also help. But thats another argument.

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