Published Aug 29, 2011Since the earliest days of digitized music sales, audiophiles have been up in arms over the tinny quality of ultra-compressed MP3 files. Music lovers are about to get an earful, however, with the Red Hot Chili Peppers' new full-length I'm With You, which was mastered specifically for iTunes.
As Digital Music News reports, album producer Rick Rubin tailor-made versions of the songs for the online retailer that purportedly surpass the sonic specifications of most iTunes downloads. A press release states that I'm With You is "the first rock album specially mastered to optimize digital sound quality for iTunes Store customers."
Rubin adds, "We are excited to work with iTunes to make an even better listening experience for fans. We can't wait for everyone to hear it."
Not a lot of specifics are given as to how Rubin made some supposedly superior iTunes version of the album, but it hints that Apple may be attempting to usher in a new age of MP3s that could hit the same sonic heights as a warm slab of wax.
The physical version of I'm With You hits stores tomorrow (August 30) via Warner Bros. while the iTunes version was released on Friday (August 26).