Apple Working On “Adaptive Streaming” For Audio
Development and Advancement of technology knows no end. According to various online reports, Apple is currently working on a new file format for its iCloud service.
Writing for The Guardian, Charles Arthur cited sources with “inside knowledge” and claimed that Apple would introduce a new format to the music world in near future. This format will allow adaptive streaming of music from iCloud. The quality will be altered depending on the playback method.
Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match both rely on music being stored on servers owned by the technology company. Possibility to alter the music quality as it is being distributed could potentially save in bandwidth costs for the end user.
Potentially, Apple may serve a high quality track to users who wish to download their music to devices such as iPhones and iPod touches. It is being said that here the music format will be High-Definition (HD). A lower quality, streaming version could also be made available to users wishing to listen to music as it is streamed from Apple’s servers, straight to their devices. The drop in quality would allow 3G streaming to be used without the possibility of large data bills or a poor experience due to lack of bandwidth.
Arthur’s anonymous source believes that Apple’s music would move from AAC to “HD” in an instant and users may not have to make any changes on their end. Everything is done on Apple’s servers as that is where all the music files live.
Apple has not made any comment in this regard. However, the potential is that the new adaptive audio files could be part of the iPad 3 announcement. Increased iCloud service could also be a part of this announcement.
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Source: iDownload Blog