Selected titles on the store are available in 24-bit WAV
The 24-bit master is produced in the mastering of the release and is the highest quality we can provide. We do not do any encoding or compressing of these WAV files.
We get these files from various sources; labels, artists, and distributors, this means there are varying sampling rates. We always offer the highest bit rate we can get hold of.
There is a lot written about sampling rates and which is best, it is always important to remember that: the sampling rate can only be as high as the original recording, and the difference may not be discernible on all stereos, speakers, and human ear.
Please be aware the file size is considerably larger than the 16-bit version and there will be compatibility issues with some music players. 24-bit WAV files will not play and may cause problems with earlier generation iPods and some other MP3 and media players. There is no tagging on WAV files so all track information is indicated using the file name.
We offer the chance to download any lower or equivalent quality formats once a 24-bit format is purchased.
Higher Quality Audio Purchases
When you purchase higher quality audio files (WAV / FLAC) you also have access to the MP3 version of that release. This service extends to 24-bit downloads where you will also have access to WAV / FLAC and MP3 version of the release.
Recording Frequency of 24-bit Files
Generally we get delivered these files at 24.44 so unless stated otherwise, the recording frequency of high definition audio files is 44.1kHz.