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 Excarnate on Wed 2nd Nov 2011 05:42 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 24bit music"
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"It was a simple question. Your defensive tone right at the opening is really the whole answer needed..."

No, you were intending to be a dick from the start and fran detected it.

For me, I can tell the different, in a blind test, with music I know very well, with really good headphones, the difference between different levels of compression and uncompressed CD quality. Is that the top end? I don't know, I didn't have anything with a higher bit rate, and anyway, that's just my ears.

That said, I pretty much agree with you, zima, but fran is right to be defensive, and you are wrong to continue to pursue it. Find some other hobby.

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