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Mastered for iTunes: how audio engineers tweak music for the iPod age - http://arstechnica.com/apple/news/2012/02/mastered-for-itunes...
"In an age when Apple has become the top music retailer without selling a single physical disc, audio engineers are increasingly creating specially mastered versions of songs and albums designed to counteract the audio degradation caused by compression. Though audiophiles typically scoff at paying for compressed audio, preferring vinyl or high-end digital formats such as DVD-A, mastering engineers are doing their best to create digital masters that can pass through Apple's iTunes algorithms with minimal sonic corruption." ‎- silpol