Ars Technica has posted an interesting piece on Apple’s “Mastered for iTunes” program, wherein Apple is using higher-quality recordings for as the source material for their compressed files. This article directly addresses whether this program actually makes a difference. Their findings? It does indeed make a difference. A number of audio engineers compared a cocktail […]
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The Skinny on ‘Mastered for iTunes’, iTunes Match Making Its way to Other Countries

mastered_for_itunes_logo-150x88.jpgArs Technica has posted an interesting piece on Apple’s “Mastered for iTunes” program, wherein Apple is using higher-quality recordings for as the source material for their compressed files. This article directly addresses whether this program actually makes a difference. Their findings? It does indeed make a difference.

A number of audio engineers compared a cocktail of audio formats such as 24-bit, 96 KHz master recordings, iTunes store tracks, uncompressed WAV files from CDs. They found that the original iTunes tracks sounded less-than-great when compared to the tracks that had been processed with the “Mastered with iTunes” tools. Of course, this is all subjective, but with a series of engineers seemingly in agreement, something must be going right.

In other iTunes news, MacRumors is reporting that Apple has rolled out iTunes Match in several new countries as of today. At this moment, the three countries receiving the service are Italy, Austria, and Greece. It currently isn’t known if these countries are the extend of the launch, or if more countries are included or on the way.

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