All albums on Magnatune are now downloadable in Apple Lossless format, which works and sounds great with iPods and iTunes.
The great features about this format are:
- the audio is a perfect copy of the CD audio master. They sound fantastic!
- full metadata (genre, artist/album, even album art) is embedded in the file
- works perfectly with iTunes and iPods. All our audio files are tagged with "grouping: Magnatune" so you can create a smart playlist to find them.
FLAC and WAV are two other "perfect audio quality" formats that we also support. FLAC, in particular, works well with alternative audio programs as it does support good metadata (which WAV does not).
As part of this rollout, we also completely rebuilt all AAC files to have a tag of "grouping: Magnatune" so you can create a smart playlist to find them.