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The Mastering Engineer’s Handbook, 3rd Edition by Bobby Owsinski

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10Mastering for iTunes

WITH THE ITUNES STORE NOW SUCH A HUGE PART OF ONLINE MUSIC DISTRIBUTION, knowing the latest on how it treats your audio can be beneficial to the final audio quality of your file. iTunes is actually composed of two different categories: standard iTunes audio and the new Mastered for iTunes high-resolution audio. Let’s look at both.

A Look at AAC, the iTunes File Format

iTunes uses the AAC file format (which stands for Advanced Audio Coding) as a standard for the music in its store, and contrary to popular belief, it’s not a proprietary format owned by Apple. In fact, it’s part of the MP4 specification and generally delivers excellent-quality files that are about 30 percent smaller than a standard MP3 of the same data rate. ...

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