Is Apple backtracking on its commitment to high-def music?

Neil Young

An interesting article on the CNN website, in which singer-songwriter Neil Young (above) claims Apple's ambition to improve the quality of song files it sells on iTunes has lapsed since the death of founder Steve Jobs.

Last year Universal Music Group was working with Apple and other download sites to move to high-resolution 24-bit audio files.

To make the switch, Apple would have to retool future versions of iPods, iPads and iPhones so they could play higher-quality files.

But now Neil Young – with whom Apple consulted on the project – has told News Corporation's D:Dive into Media conference in the US that "not much" has happened with Apple's high-definition devices and downloads project since Jobs died in October.

Young says Jobs was directly involved in the high-definition initiative, speaking directly to him about it.

Should Apple ressurect the plan? Would you buy high-resolution tracks on iTunes? Let us know what you think in the Comments box below.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.