When Apple started pushing its “Mastered for iTunes” section of albums “specially tuned for higher fidelity sound”, and also published a white paper detailing new guidelines asking publishers to submit high-resolution 24-bit/96kHz files instead of the original CD masters for inclusion in the section. Many were under the impression that the 100 or so albums in the new section are sonically closer to the original CD source in comparison to your average AAC encode from iTunes. According to British mastering engineer Ian Shepherd, ‘null testing’ proves that’s simply not true. In fact, he proves a “vanilla” iTunes AAC encoding with default settings sounds closer to the original CD than songs that have been specifically “Mastered for iTunes”. Shepherd explained: [read]

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