By Devin Chanda
sound quality of music downloads may improve, with digital retailers
such as iTunes in talks with record labels over the issue, according to
Master recordings straight from the studio are typically in a 24-bit format. But, they’re usually compressed down to 16-bit when distributed digitally or pressed onto CDs.
However, Apple, among others, already supports the 24-bit format with both iTunes and its Mac computers, as does HP and their Beats Audio hardware. Interscope head honcho Jimmy Iovine, who along with Dr. Dre is behind Beats Audio, is leading the high-fidelity charge amongst the labels, advocating for them to maintain the quality of master recordings.
Taking shots at those slow to the race, Iovine, speaking at a HP news conference, said, "Paul McCartney can master The Beatles albums all he wants, (but) when you play them through a Dell computer, it sounds like you're playing them through a portable television.” Point taken.