Apple has surprised us today to have decided that its code known Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) is now an open source project.
ALAC is a data compression method that reduces the size of audio files without losing information or, which is the same, quality, and that Apple includes in iTunes and portable players like the iPod or iPhone. Therefore play a file encoded in ALAC is bitwise identical to the original uncompressed version.
The project to which we are referring to, contains the sources for both the encoder and decoder for the ALAC, and includes a utility to create command lines to read and write data to CAF (Core Audio Format) files and WAVE and a magic cookie for use with ISO format based media (such as MP4).
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