Thursday, December 02, 2004
In case you weren't aware, the Apple iTunes Music Store for Canada opened for business as of yesterday. Not as large of a collection as the US or UK counterparts, but if you're looking for music you can't find through Peer-To-Peer networks, or if you're looking to support the artists, head on over and start using your credit card to enhance your music collection.
According to some audiophiles and reviewers, the format you'll be able to download is not as good as what you would find on a standard music CD because of the compression used for online file distribution. AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format) is the standard on Music CD's and are large in size, whereas the Apple iTunes Music Store-produced files and MP3 files are relatively low in size, with comparable quality. This allows for reasonable download times. However, most people will not recognize the difference and should be happy with their purchase.