The Apple iTunes Store has announced a new update -- a "Mastered for iTunes" section of music, with albums with higher sound quality in the AAC format ... this good for audiophiles and everyone else alike. It's available now to anyone with an iTunes account, and also works with the paid iTunes Match service. What Mastered for iTunes means is that we're taking music forward with better audio engineering, giving higher fidelity to what can otherwise be a music experience of empty sounding MP3 and AAC files.
The announcement from Apple reads: "Mastered for iTunes. Experience the Music as the artist and sound engineer intended. Mastered for iTunes means these albums have been specifically tuned for higher fidelity sound on your computer, stereo, and all Apple devices. Browse a range of music across all genres below, and keep checking back as we add more music that is mastered specifically for iTunes."
Which also shows part of the rub on this ... Mastered for iTunes is yet one more things to drive people right back into the iTunes ecosystem of iPod, iPhone, iPad and iTunes with iTunes Match for iCloud. Every new innovation from Apple is meant to send us right back into the Apple beehive. Not that it's not a good trade off, great sounding music has been a missing component from a lot of the digital music spectrum and higher quality audio engineering will gives all a better user experience as we progress forward to the Internet becoming part of the living room experience with Apple TV and home stereos using Internet connections.
Find out more about iTunes and iTunes Match in the Spacelab Guide to Streaming Music Services.