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Oct 28, 2011

Apple's Lossless ALAC Goes Open Source, it's like FLAC for iPods

Well, it's not nearly as exciting as a new iPhone, but Apple recently announced a bit of news that will set people in certain circles abuzz. The company's lossless audio codec, ALAC, is going open source. Similar to FLAC, the Apple Lossless Audio Codec offers some file compression while still delivering a bit-for-bit recreation of the original source material. The primary difference being that Apple devices and software do not support FLAC (at least without some tinkering) but can handle the Cupertino developed ALAC. The decision to release the code under the Apache license won't have much of an immediate impact on your digital audio routine, but expect support for ALAC to start popping up in more media players (both hardware and software) soon.
 
 

3 comments:

YeamieWaffles said...

Suppose this is good news. Like you say it isn't as exciting as other stuff but it is good news all the same.

Atley said...

WOOT Woot! I love when things go open source. They always seem to be so much better for some reason.

1ockedand1oaded said...

About facking time, I've been waiting for ages to be able to put my slayer tracks on my ipod.