MP3s sound like crap, squished of much of their dynamic range and filled with compression artifacts that affect all frequencies. AAC files are better, but still not as good as CDs. Audiophiles who want the best sound out of their portable digital files prefer FLAC, the audio codec that offers the best fidelity.
Today, the only portable players that offer this high-resolution audio (Hi-Res Audio™ in industry branding parlance) come from Sony (which are quite good) and Pono, Neil Young’s Toblerone-shaped player. But come this fall, it’s rumour that iPhones will finally support FLAC files, meaning that Sony and Neil have been put on notice.
I’m all for this. Our phones have plenty of storage to handle FLAC libraries and anything that results in better-sounding music is fine by me. We’ll see if the rumours are true when iOS 11 is released this fall. It’ll also be interesting to see how music providers (iTunes, especially) follow up.
(Via The Next Web)