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Why is all the music on the I tunes store of low quality.

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Tyc87 Calculating status...
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Jun 20, 2012 7:26 AM

So everything I downlaod has a Kbps of around 250.

It is already an MP3, so you have loss of bit rate. So make it atleast 320 kbps.


Cant understand that a big company like Apple that make billions cant even give us the best quality MP3'sC

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  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,200 points)

    Itunes sell music in AAC format at 256k ( the same as the vast majority of other online music sold).

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)

    Because it's a consumer product, if you want to be an audiophile, use specialist sites and pay the extra.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (167,190 points)

    Then purchase from whatever source gives you the quality you're looking for. You're not locked into purchasing from any site that doesn't give you the product you wish to purchase. Purchasing from the iTunes Store is not a "rip off"; most people are quite satisifed with the product quality. If you're not, then by all means patronize some other vendor.



  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (89,200 points)

    "Well then they need to change that."

    Why do you say that?  Itunes is the most successful online music retailer in the world.  Seems to be working.


    " I really dont care what other sites do."

    OK.  Itunes sells 256 k music downloads.


    "That also doesnt solve anything."

    There is nothing to solve.  Itunes is a store and 256 k music is the product that they sell.  If you want higher quality music, then shop at a store that sells it.


    "Beatport what I use to find and buy new Techno en Deep house sells there music on 320 Kbps "

    Then buy from them.


    "So cant see any reason why a billion dollar company cant give us a better quality."

    Because that is not the business they are in.  They sell 256 k downloads extraordinarily successfully.  Walmart does not sell Rolexes.  Itunes has chosen to sell 256 k downloads as this is what they believe the general public wil pay for, and have remarkable success with.  The demand for higher quality is just not very large.


    "Why do people let tem ripp off so easily, accepting low quality."

    People are not ripped off.  People get exactly what they pay for.  Higher quality music would cost more.  Most are not willing to pay as most cannot hear or do not care about the difference.

  • ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,425 points)

    Tyc87 wrote:


    Well then they need to change that. I really dont care what other sites do. That also doesnt solve anything.

    Beatport what I use to find and buy new Techno en Deep house sells there music on 320 Kbps And even Wav and AIFF formats. So cant see any reason why a billion dollar company cant give us a better quality.

    Why do people let tem ripp off so easily, accepting low quality.

    Shop at Beatport.  It is an excellent music store. 

  • Winston Churchill Level 10 Level 10 (81,665 points)

    Calling you an audiophile wasn't derogatory. My point about expense was not particularly related to the cost of music but to the cost of your equipment and additional hard drives, which the vast majority of consumers don't wish to expend.


    Yes, I am sure you are right, there is a market for higher quality music. However there is a market presumably for computers with 8 6 core processors, but like the higher quality music market, it's a market that Apple currently don't wish to pursue, because presumably it isn't big enough

  • ed2345 Level 6 Level 6 (18,425 points)


    The problem with Beatport is that they only sell electronic music for the biggest part.

    I am also in to Funk, Soul, Disco, Rock (led zep, pink floyd, rolling stones) Clasical (bach, Chopin) Jazz, acis Jazz, latin Jazz.




    Your previous post stated Techno and Deep House, which is why I suggested Beatport.


    The Stones catalog is available in hi-def audio at HD Tracks.


    Classical music is readily available in lossless and/or hi-def audio downloads.  Check out and The Classical Shop.

  • ahtil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay. Asking again very simple question. If you have good sound system and you want listen very good sound from that. Is Beatport AIFF format with better quality? Or there isnt any diffrents between Itunes AAC and AIFF?


    Thank you advanced

  • ahtil Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Question is now only: What is Itunes AAC quality compared to AIFF from Beatport?



    Lossless files are entirely uncompressed sound files, which, unlike MP3s, have no degradation of sound quality. Commonly known as the choice digital format for professional DJs, lossless files are in fact the highest-quality digital file type available, outperforming MP3s on large soundsystems and in other environments in which you require the highest-quality sound.

    You probably know lossless file types informally by a few different names, like WAV, or AIFF but you might be unclear on the difference. Both WAV and AIFF contain identical audio data, the only difference is AIFF also supports chunks of other data, such as track-naming metadata and cover art similar to MP3. Beatport’s lossless AIFF files support ID3v2.4 tags, which can be read by most popular software applications, and include the following ID3 “frames”:


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