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[3]: 24bit music
by aaronb on Sun 30th Oct 2011 19:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 24bit music"
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I think that most people who think that one format is better than another in terms of sound quality would be surprised how difficult it is to tell the difference when they have actually tried to.

Having said that, you are right, there is absolutely nothing wrong with spending funds on higher quality equipment or going for 24bit 96KHz tracks instead of 16bit 44.1Khz tracks if thats your thing.

However, like most things, if you are making a claim, there will always be someone ready to swoop in and ask for some evidence to back it up.

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