All the AAC audio files at Magnatune are now downloadable at very high quality.
Previously, we'd been using a quality=3 settings, which yielded audio files that were about 150 kb/second in audio quality. Here is a typical file:
Now, all Magnatune files are available at quality=7, which yields a file around 260 kb/second, and a significant boost in audio quality. These files are pretty hard to distinguish from lossless.
Now, the ZIP files of the albums encoded at this higher quality are larger, but with disk space being plentiful these days, and the stack of emails I have from people asking for high quality iTunes AAC files, I thought this move made sense.
LOSSLESS? Speaking of lossless, I just recently figured out how to make "Apple Lossless" files, with full metadata, so this will be an alternative download format in a few months, as part of the new rewrite of Magnatune.