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post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Jaywalk3r View Post

What do you expect to find? 256 kbps will almost certainly sound noticeably better than 32 kbps.

If one just wants to compare master quality, then import the CD at 256 kbps AAC VBR (i.e., iTunes Plus setting). Comparing different masters at different bit rates doesn't give us much useful information.


Ooops . . typo.   I meant 320kbps


Okay. That still leaves the question about what information you are trying to obtain. You have two variables (bit rate and master) and only one comparison. You would need to either use the same bit rate (256 kbps AAC VBR) or files originating from the same master.
post #17 of 22

This who-do voodoo looks to be debunked. Oh, brother.

 

http://9to5mac.com/2012/02/28/mastering-engineer-proves-mastered-for-itunes-doesnt-sound-closer-to-the-cd/

post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by curtisinoc View Post

So . . .  has anyone here purchased a "Mastered for iTunes" album?  

1.  What bitrate does it download?  (256, 320 kbps vbr?)
2.  How does it sound vs "ripping" a cd onto iTunes (@ 256, 320, lossless) ? 

AAC 256kbps, 44.1kHz, just like before, except louder. I purchased The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie from I'm With You by Red Hot Chili Peppers (produced by Rick Rubin), 6 months ago on the iTunes Music Store and yesterday (Mastered for iTunes version). The old one has a replaygain of -9.94 dB, the new one has a replaygain of -11.07 dB.

Suffice to say, it sounds like total rubbish. Whatever hopes I had that Apple's initiative just might improve things, they're gone.
post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by skamp View Post


AAC 256kbps, 44.1kHz, just like before, except louder. I purchased The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie from I'm With You by Red Hot Chili Peppers (produced by Rick Rubin), 6 months ago on the iTunes Music Store and yesterday (Mastered for iTunes version). The old one has a replaygain of -9.94 dB, the new one has a replaygain of -11.07 dB.
Suffice to say, it sounds like total rubbish. Whatever hopes I had that Apple's initiative just might improve things, they're gone.


Good to know. . . . interesting.

 

thanks

post #20 of 22
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Great article, posted on another thread (thanks Bonobo Loco):

 

 http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2012/02/24/147379760/what-mastered-for-itunes-really-means

post #21 of 22

It's not like 90% of the Apple's target market would notice any difference anyways out of their crapple buds, skull candies and $5 no-name headphones. Beats owners on the other hand would be demanding that this new codec have moar bass inserted into the music.

post #22 of 22
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Originally Posted by Rainbow Randy View Post

This who-do voodoo looks to be debunked. Oh, brother.

http://9to5mac.com/2012/02/28/mastering-engineer-proves-mastered-for-itunes-doesnt-sound-closer-to-the-cd/

I just finish reading that and this http://arstechnica.com/apple/2012/04/does-mastered-for-itunes-matter-to-music-ars-puts-it-to-the-test/ after noticing the "Mastered for iTunes" lable. On the 9to5 link: "Shepherd ended his post by urging Apple to offer a “lossless format” if it really cares about high-quality audio. Today reports from The Guardian suggested Apple was working to deliver a new high-definition audio format, while in the white paper for Mastered for iTunes Apple claimed, “Keeping the highest quality masters available in our systems allows for full advantage of future improvements to your music.”

^ how possible do u think it is they would provide lossless or a higher bitrate version of current music?
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