[DC LoCo] /. News: Apple's Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) Now Open Source

Eric Maag eric.maag at gmail.com
Fri Oct 28 14:43:18 UTC 2011


So it's just a raw dump of the audio and not a compression algo?

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On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 10:42 AM, Mackenzie Morgan <macoafi at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 28, 2011 at 10:37 AM, Eric Maag <eric.maag at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Is this even really relevant to codecs these days, I thought mp3 was
>> the end all be all for compressed audio, someone pls enlighten me. Or
>> this more a nod toward the iOS opening? Seems like the stance is since
>> no one's really using it might as well open it up...
>
> MP3 is lossy. This is lossless, similar to WAV & FLAC. They serve two
> different purposes. You might archive a CD or vinyl in ALAC, WAV, or
> FLAC, because those would be archival quality copies of the
> recordings, but then for your limited-storage-space smartphone, put
> MP3 or Ogg Vorbis versions to save space.
>
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