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iTunes Store: they use the master?
Antigen
post Jun 13 2012, 21:39
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Hi

but the itunes store use the audio master to obtain AAC or they encode from cd?

in the first case the quality is better respect from an aac obtained from cd?
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skamp
post Jun 13 2012, 22:08
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I'm not sure what your question is, but a sample count of several AAC files from iTunes, from different albums, reveals that many weren't sourced straight from a CD (their sample count is not a multiple of 588). In one case I also noticed the mix on the AAC file was completely different from the CD version of the same track.

As for "Mastered for iTunes" tracks, they are allegedly sourced from masters created specially for the iTunes Music Store (different from the CD masters).

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