One of the minor issues thrown at digital music services in general is that the audio quality of the files they serve up to customers – generally 128-192Mbps range – is poor when compared to the originals or at least the CD versions. That could be about to change if AppleInsider is right about its hunch that Apple’s new version of its encoding tool for music rights holders is offering a lossless output. Though it would mean huge files compared to what we have at the moment it would also allow Apple to give a little ground to the rights holders who were very keen to have flexible pricing, something that Apple wouldn’t give way on for its current offerings. Of course the upside for Apple would be that folks would fill their iPods even more quickly and so move faster through the upgrade chain.

Best of all it would mean that the classicial market, more audio sensitive and frankly more affluent, could receive a serious shot in the arm.