Apple's ALAC Now Open Source!

"The Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) is a lossless audio codec developed by Apple and deployed on all of it's platforms and devices for some years now. Apple is making the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) available as an open source project." MAC OS Forge
If this was a chess game, I'd be keeping my eye on Apple's Queen who appears to be positioned to finally offer 24 bit downloads through the iTunes Store. As it stands with ALAC going Open Source, music download sites can now offer high definition music in an iTunes and iOS device compatible format. No more converting FLAC to MAC-happy formats.

How big is this news? It depends. But I envision a room within Apple HQ with nothing in it but a big switch labelled "ON".

deckeda's picture

All of the portable "iDevices" have always been hardware-limited to 16/48 capability, as far as I'm aware. I'd love it if they could do at least 24/96 so that I didn't have to downsample to take songs with me or keep downsampled copies around in iTunes forever.

I bought an Apple Lossless McCartney's Shea Stadium concert recording from his site in 2009. iTunes shows that they converted the files with XLD, like the rest of us do.