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klbnc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I recently started re-importing my CDs as lossless ALAC files, which are both much bigger and sound much clearer than the default 256 kbps compressed files. Is there a way to change the iTunes store setting so if I purchase music it downloads lossless? Or am I stuck with 256k or going old-school and buying a whole CD when I only want one song? Thanks!

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  • roaminggnome Level 10 Level 10 (92,965 points)
    " Is there a way to change the iTunes store setting so if I purchase music it downloads lossless?"

    No.
  • Mike Johnson12 Level 5 Level 5 (6,395 points)
    As already noted - you are stuck. This is at the discretion of the media owners/copy right holders. It is not up to the iTS - they sell what the labels provide.

    MJ
  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (21,305 points)
    klbnc wrote:
    Is there a way to change the iTunes store setting so if I purchase music it downloads lossless?


    Yes. Click the little X at the upper right of iTunes, and buy from one of the online music download stores that sell in lossless format. Examples are hdtracks.com, livedownloads.com, beatport.com, and classicalshop.net.

    These all sell by individual track. They do however, have higher prices and narrower selections than mass-market shops such as the iTunes Store and the Amazon.com MP3 Download Store.
  • mgerbasio Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    I haven't purchased on iTunes because I have a pretty good sized CD collection that I've ripped to flac so it is lossless and DRM free.

    Looking at this thread, if I purchase an album from iTunes how can I see if it is lossless or lossy compression? what about DRM, is there any way to tell what is DRM free?

    Thanks.
  • Limnos Level 8 Level 8 (42,140 points)
    Looking at this thread, if I purchase an album from iTunes how can I see if it is lossless or lossy compression?

    They only sell lossy AAC.

    what about DRM, is there any way to tell what is DRM free?

    I am pretty sure all of the music sold now is DRM free. Video is all DRM protected. (Somebody who actually buys from the ITMS please correct me if these are oversimplifications!)
  • mgerbasio Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Thanks for the fast response.
  • jehany Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Click the little X at the upper right of iTunes, and buy from one of the online music download stores that sell in lossless format.

    I am sorry but I do not find this "X" on the upper right corner to buy from hdtracks or others.

    Any help welcome ;-)

  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (21,305 points)

    Jehany,

     

    Here are links to some of the stores that i named that sell downloads in lossless music formats. 

     

    https://www.hdtracks.com/

     

    http://www.eclassical.com/

     

    http://livedownloads.com/

  • FantasticScholastic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Here's what I do to get my iTunes downloads in lossless. After you are done downloading the song or songs, go to the purchased list on the left side of itunes. Select one of the songs and do a control click (probably a right click on a pc). Select "create Apple lossless version" and bingo, you are set.

  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,830 points)

    All that does is make the file size larger. It does not get any quality back; the quality was lost in the original compression of the track and cannot be recovered. So there's abolutely no useful purpose served by convering the tracks to Apple Lossless.

  • FantasticScholastic Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    That's very good to know, thank you!

  • Chris CA Level 9 Level 9 (77,720 points)

    jehany wrote:

     

    Click the little X at the upper right of iTunes, and buy from one of the online music download stores that sell in lossless format.

    I am sorry but I do not find this "X" on the upper right corner to buy from hdtracks or others.

    Any help welcome ;-)

    I believe eed2345 was suggesting you quit iTunes and purchase from somewhere else besides the iTunes store.

  • mauro-c Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    As a music lover myself I know what you mean regarding lossless. Listening to a friends iTunes download I realised that he had cloth ears as I could clearly hear the lack of clarity and poor, muddy detail. Consequently I never purchase music downloads from iTunes. I buy CDs and rip them myself using lossless settings. Apple have always had a thing about thinking that if it was good enough for them it was good enough for everyone. There is also the question of file size and time taken to download these files. Neither of which I give a stuff about. It seems to me apple want to make sure they dont lose the cloth eared fraternity who seem able to listen to anything even a tinny mobile playing distorted music at its maximum volume through its tiny little speaker. Apple would rather lose revenue from the discerning listeners than the majority of people who are happy with audio quality which is nowhere near CD quality.

  • ed2345 Level 7 Level 7 (21,305 points)

    Consequently I never purchase music downloads from iTunes. I buy CDs and rip them myself using lossless settings.

    Mauro,

    As mentioned above, there are other online music download stores that sell lossless downloads.

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