“A new version of Apple Computer’s iTunes Producer software suggest that the company may begin to offer tracks through its iTunes Music Store that are encoded in its higher-quality lossless compression format,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider. “Apple introduced the format in 2004 as part of QuickTIme 6.5.1, saying it offered CD-quality audio in “about half the storage space.” The company later added support for the format to iTunes 4.5.”
“In a private release of iTunes Producer 1.4 this week, Apple said the software ‘now encodes music in Apple Lossless format, which produces larger audio files and will increase upload time.’ iTunes Producer is distributed to record labels by Apple as a tool for prepping and submitting their content for inclusion on the iTunes Music Store,” McLean reports.
The Apple Lossless format does not presently utilize a digital rights management (DRM), so it’s “unclear what role the Apple Lossless format will play on the iTunes music store,” McLean reports.
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MacDailyNews Take: We’d pay more for lossless versions via iTMS. Would you?
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