A report from The Guardian
says Apple is also working on a new audio format that will adjust to the connection quality consumers are using to provide an optimized listening experience.
says Apple’s “adaptive streaming” will provide iCloud users with low- and high-resolution file streaming capabilities to enable them, based on their Internet connection and electronics, to listen to higher resolution audio files.
“All of a sudden, all your audio from iTunes is in HD rather than AAC. Users wouldn’t have to touch a thing; their library will improve in an instant,” an anonymous source tells The Guardian
Details of the format’s release and other specifics, such as what quality levels the service will offer, are unclear. The Guardian
speculates that Apple could debut the new streaming technology during the upcoming iPad 3 announcement, which takes place March 7 in San Francisco.
states that Apple is encouraging its music industry partners to provide 24-bit/96kHz audio files as a best case starting point for the delivery of music via iTunes. This request, The Guardian
points out, is part of the Mastered for iTunes program
, which along with adaptive streaming could be key components of an effort from Apple and the music industry to thwart illegal downloading of music through the ability to purchase high-quality music files on iTunes.
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