Sony adds 320 kbps AAC support to Music Unlimited service

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#1

Sony adds 320 kbps AAC support to Music Unlimited service.

[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2012/08/sMsd0q.jpg[/newsimage]Sony has added high quality audio streams to its Music Unlimited service.


Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/sony-adds-320-kbps-aac-support-to-music-unlimited-service-65928/](http://www.myce.com/news/sony-adds-320-kbps-aac-support-to-music-unlimited-service-65928/)


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#2

As evil as Sony is, I certainly would like to see other services should follow this example. Or better yet, offer the music in a lossless format, such as FLAC or ALAC. That would be nice, but since most people aren’t audiophiles (at least I don’t think they are), I doubt it will happen anytime soon.

At the very least, I think it’s time we start moving away from the MP3 format. Seriously, the standard is almost as old as I am! Standards like AAC and Vorbis have MP3 beat by a long shot.


#3

320kb/s AAC is not mp3 :wink:

Mp3 is fine for portables, and I agree, everyone is carrying around more computing power in their pockets than we had desktop processor power from 10 years ago, and those were more than adequate for aac.

320kb/s is 320kb/s. Encoding music in mp3 (now) could be likened to encoding our blurays in mpeg1 … much the same really, since mp3 is mpeg1 layer 3.


#4

Hmmm, unless something has changed recently you get 320kps mp3 from MOG.

$4.99/mo for PC streaming
$9.99/mo for mobile streaming including downloads for offline listening


#5

[QUOTE=TSJnachos117;2675396]As evil as Sony is, I certainly would like to see other services should follow this example. Or better yet, offer the music in a lossless format, such as FLAC or ALAC. That would be nice, but since most people aren’t audiophiles (at least I don’t think they are), I doubt it will happen anytime soon.

At the very least, I think it’s time we start moving away from the MP3 format. Seriously, the standard is almost as old as I am! Standards like AAC and Vorbis have MP3 beat by a long shot.[/QUOTE]

Streaming FLAC would take up far more bandwidth and storage for Sony, increasing their costs which they would probably pass onto the consumer. I agree FLAC is nice and my choice for music stored on hard drives but 320kb/s AAC is good enough for streaming.


#6

True, and also FLAC would consume a lot of bandwidth for consumers, too, possibly too much for some users to do in real-time. Vorbis is still a good option, IMHO, but at these rates most users would most not be able to tell the difference.