Apple Makes Apple Lossless Audio Codec Open Source
The best part about today's giant hard drives is not having to compromise on the quality of my music encoding. I typically encode with WMA Lossless simply because it works with all of my systems and devices. However, I know many geeks prefer to use FLAC because of its open source roots. Open source advocates now have the choice of Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) as Apple has chosen to open it up under the Apache 2.0 license. Apple hasn't given any explanation for its magnanimity, but I'm sure they won't get any complaints. It leaves me wondering though, what's your preference for audio encoding?
ALAC is similar to another common open lossless format know as FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), but uses an MPEG 4-compliant QuickTime container. ALAC is supported in iTunes as well as Apple's popular iPod and all iOS devices. For audiophiles who can't stand lossy formats like AAC or MP3, it offers a better sounding alternative.