Mastered for iTunes
Apple AAC Format
Back in July 2011, Eric Boulanger was the first mastering engineer to master a Mastered for iTunes (MFiT) release. The first MFiT album ever released was Colbie Caillat’s “All Of You”.
The Mastered for iTunes MFiT format is a direct result of the collaboration between Apple and the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS). It was created to improve the quality of downloaded music. As a member of the NARAS Steering Committee, Eric Boulanger led these collaborative efforts.
The mission of the Mastered for iTunes format is to advance the growing digital download industry, and enhance the listening experience for music fans worldwide. With more people downloading music online instead of buying CDs, MFiT strives to make digital downloads a forethought rather than an afterthought. It does so by setting ideal standards for its AAC encoder (Advanced Audio Encoding) that goes beyond the limited resolution of 16Bit CD audio.
An article written by Eric Boulanger was published in the December 2012 issue of Mix Magazine regarding Mastered for iTunes. Click the article to know more about the technical specifications behind the MFiT format.