Advanced Lossless is used as the codec to record CDs onto the system's hard disk to achieve high sound quality recordings that retain the sound quality of the original CDs.
The two compression schemes are roughly equivalent in quality, though I might give it to MD's ATRAC
By going back to basics-dropping the SonicStage software, ditching Atrac
and embracing the formats we all know and love - AAC, WMA (including DRMed ones) and MP3.
The user first has to burn the tracks to CD and then copy them onto the computer in MP3 or ATRAC
OD2 and Napster both use the Windows Media format, while Sony plans to use its proprietary Atrac
compression software and Open Music Gate anti-piracy protection.
The Bluetooth specification offers two optional CODECS for improving sound quality - AAC (Advanced Audio Coding) and ATRAC
(Advanced Transform Acoustic Coding).
4kHz/ 192kHz in 24 bit depth) and DSD (DSF, DSDIFF); plus a variety of music files including, MP3, WAV, WMA, AAC, FLAC, ALAC, ATRAC
Advanced Lossless and AIFF; the music industry has now come full circle.
It's also a music player, with built-in speaker and support for MP3, Atrac
and WMA files.
Sony sees the deal in part as a way to promote its ATRAC
sound compression format and OpenMG copyright protection technology.
5mm headphone output, the Eleksen audio case is ideal for portable devices that store music in MP3, WMA, WAV, ATRAC
or HDD formats.
MemoryStick Micro, M2, ATRAC
3plus are trademarks of Sony Corporations.
It is incredibly slim but still manages to store 45 hours' worth of MP3 or Atrac
tracks on every disc, and as it is Windows and Mac-compatible you can transfer files back to your PC.