I'm really excited about the Apple/iTunes DRM-free EMI catalog announcement. Here's an opportunity for Apple and the record labels to blow open a whole new market for high resolution audio. So, guys:
There's a market for high resolution audio! Especially in downloadable, DRM-free form. So you're going to 256k bps, that's great. Please make the sample from the original masters, not from the CD! And I double-beg, please sample at 20 or even 24 bits! Wow, that would be awesome. 256k+ bps at 20 or 24 bits sampled from the masters would blow "CD quality" out of the water and make iTunes the best source on the planet for high resolution audio.
Forget SACD and DVD-AUDIO formats. I love DVD-AUDIO, but it's extremely cumbersome. I want it in my iPod! Give us real high resolution and we'll pay for it. $1.29 per song is great. An extra buck or two on an album wouldn't even be bad if the audio is not just a higher quality CD sample, but a higher quality sample from the masters.