The New “Mastered for iTunes” Doesn’t Cut It

Recently, iTunes introduced “Mastered for iTunes,” a selection of albums “specially tuned for higher fidelity sound.”  With 100-ish albums available, the hope was they’d sound closer to CDs than MP3s.  

Nope.  According to at least one independent mastering engineer, songs in the old ACC format sound closer to the original CD source than the “Mastered for iTunes” tracks.  For a full demonstration, watch the video.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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