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We're told repeatedly that the future of music is in downloads, and a primary source of downloaded music for a significant proportion of the planet's music-consuming population is, of course, Apple's iTunes. On 12 July 2011, Apple released the first 'Mastered for iTunes' title, and 'MFiT' (as it has become known) as well as its associated 'iTunes Plus' format has been heralded as a great new high-resolution download medium. There is, of course, a great deal of hyperbole written about this new 'format' in the consumer press, but the bottom line is that it really does represent a useful improvement in audio quality compared with the former default iTunes 128kb/s AAC format. I'm not sure how any lossy-codec can truly be described as 'high resolution', but these things are all relative, I suppose!
These free software tools (sadly, Mac-only at the moment), enable the audio creator to format, test and assess how the audio will be affected by iTune's AAC encoder, including revealing clipping issues, so that they can then make the appropriate adjustments and compensations before submitting the high-res linear audio files to iTunes for them to perform the actual download encoding.
Like Bob's highly recommended Mastering Audio book, iTunes Music is an easy read with good illustrations, straight-talking practical advice, and clear technical explanations when the science is important. Although the MFiT program is initially only open to the major labels, aggregators and distributors are already beginning to join and independent artists will surely gain access. So while this book may, technically, only be directly relevant to mastering engineers working for the majors, it provides a lot of really useful and interesting background information for everyone with an interest in the MFiT program or in optimising music for download generally. I recommend it without hesitation. Hugh Robjohns 2b1af7f3a8