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+ - 24-bit: the new way to make you pay more for music-> 3

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Barence writes "Apple and music labels are reportedly in discussions to raise the audio quality of of the songs they sell to 24-bit. The move could see digital downloads that surpass CD quality, which is recorded at 16 bits at a sample rate of 44.1kHz. It would also provide Apple and the music labels with an opportunity to "upgrade" people's music collections, raising extra revenue in the process. The big question is whether anyone would even notice the difference between 16-bit and 24-bit files on a portable player, especially with the low-quality earbuds supplied by Apple and other manufacturers. Labels such as Linn Records already sell "studio master" versions of albums in 24-bit FLAC format, but these are targeted at high-end audio buffs with equipment of a high enough calibre to accentuate the improvement in quality."
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24-bit: the new way to make you pay more for music

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  • Tell me why Apple wouldn't like a slice of the audiophile market in both mobile and home devices.

    Storage is cheap and the iPod dock is available for every high end receiver you could name.

  • I doubt 24-bit MP3s or AACs would fair any better. I'm also not sure if current iPods, PCs, and other equipment could play 24 bit?

    • by mcgrew (92797) *

      It doesn't make sense, considering the low dynamic range today's sound engineers use. 16 bit CDs have a superior dynamic range than LPs, yet many CDs that were originally on vinyl lave fewer dynamics than the original CDs.

      They'd do much better by doubling (or quadrupling) the sampling rate, lessening aliasing.

      Digital aliasing is why people say LPs sound "warmer" than CDs. If they raised the sampling rate tenfold, LPs wouldn't hold a candle to CDs.

      As to equipment that could play 24 bit, I don't think we're t

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