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256 kbps AAC, plus the EMI Music catalogue

 

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Username: John_a

LondonU.K.

Post Number: 4655
Registered: Dec-03
Apple to Offer Higher Quality DRM-Free Music on iTunes
Apple has announced that EMI Music's entire digital catalogue of music will be available for purchase DRM-free (without digital rights management) from the iTunes Store in May. DRM-free tracks from EMI will be offered at higher quality 256 kbps AAC encoding, resulting in audio quality indistinguishable from the original recording. [Apr 2]


This narrows the gap between HiFi and iPod. 245 kbps is very close to CD-quality.

The entire EMI Music Catalogue includes, for example, The Beatles.

I think this announcement heralds a change in the way in which many people acquire and listen to recorded music.
 

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Username: Illuminator

USA

Post Number: 4968
Registered: Apr-05
It's wonderful to hear they're taking off the ridiculous DRM. Interesting that they've finally decided to support a new format as well.
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