Recording artist Neil Young has revealed in an interview that once Apple had plans to launch a High-Definition (HD) music format that never came to fruition.
Young said that he had met Steve Jobs personally to discuss the service prior to his (Jobs’) demise, but “not much” happened with it in the end.
In the interview with All Things D, Young revealed that he approached Apple, and specifically Steve Jobs, about the HD music service, which he believed would have certainly happened had Steve not passed away:
When asked if Young had approached Apple about the idea, Young said that he had, in fact, met with Jobs and was “working on it,” but that “not much” ended up happening to the pursuit.
Of note, Young made mention that Jobs was a vinyl fan, despite having helmed the company that would spearhead the way people listened to and purchased digital music.
“Steve Jobs was a pioneer of digital music, and his legacy is tremendous,” Young told the crowd. “But when he went home, he listened to vinyl. And you’ve got to believe that if he’d lived long enough, he would have done what I’m trying to do.”
Young said that MP3 files only had around “5 percent of the data present in the original recording,”. He was concerned that there was no HD format available to consumers. Young acknowledged that HD music would make for much larger music files.
Tracks currently purchased through Apple’s iTunes music store are at a quality of 256 kbps, in the AAC format. Apple does offer a higher quality that is a lossless audio format. It is compatible with the iPhone and the iPod. However, these files are significantly larger than standard AAC files.
On the basis of Young’s interview, it seems that the plans Apple did have to introduce HD music are no longer being worked on.
Source: Cult Of Mac