Apple working on HD Audio format for “adaptive streaming” – Report

Tue, Feb 28, 2012

News, Rumors

Neil Young not too long ago claimed that Steve Jobs had, at one point tossed around the idea of developing a high quality audio format, something which obviously never came to fruition.

In light of that, the Guardian has an interesting report claiming that Apple is currently developing new “adaptive streaming” audio format for iCloud that can, you guessed it, adapt depending on the device in use and available bandwidth. Specifically, the format would offer users a high definition file for download while also offering a lower definition file for streaming purposes.

The new system would adjust itself to the bandwidth and storage available on the receiving device.

It is believed that Apple will use the new file type to upgrade its iTunes Match service, which allows users to re-download music from iCloud to their Apple devices.

A source with inside knowledge of the process says Apple has asked a London studio to prepare audio files for a new streaming format that will adapt to bandwidth or hardware capabilities.

I’m no audiophile, so the quality I currently get from iTunes suits me just fine. And not to paint with a broad brush here, but one thing about audiophiles is that it’s seemingly impossible to keep them happy! At some point you just gotta sit back and enjoy the music.


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