Consumer Electronics Association Applauds Apple And EMI Music For Offering High Resolution Music
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) President and CEO Gary Shapiro offered his support for an announcement from Apple and EMI Music that Apple will offer the entire digital music catalog of EMI Music in high quality format. For $1.29 per song, tracks from EMI will be offered at 256 kbps AAC encoding, resulting in audio quality closer to that of a CD. The tracks will also be sold free of digital rights management software that prevents consumers from copying or moving music to other devices.
"CEA applauds Apple and EMI Music for recognizing what consumers really want out of their digital music experience-high resolution recordings worthy of both home and on-the-go listening, along with the freedom to move music among devices," said Shapiro. "This is the future of digital entertainment."
"Traditional MP3 files are compressed for space purposes, a process which strips frequencies and important details from each recording. For consumers, this announcement means there is no longer a need to sacrifice quality sound simply for convenience. We think music fans are going to like what they hear."
Shapiro continued, "CEA encourages other content companies and digital music services to follow the lead of Apple and EMI Music. Companies such as these, which listen as well as respond to customer needs, are well-positioned to succeed in the digital age."
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