I apologize for my delay in writing a response. This site continues to add more and more content. Obviously the artists and record companies see an opportunity here with audiophiles.
https://www.hdtracks.com/index.php?file … 2284476720
A buyer is allowed to choose from the following:
"Please choose your default format (Please select one)
AIFF - (CD Quality) Compatible with iTunes, iPods, Winamp
FLAC - (CD Quality) Compatible with Media Monkey, VLC, Songbird, Mac Flac, Toast
320kbps MP3 - High quality MP3 audio with smaller file sizes ideal for all portable media players."
The company that owns this website recommends Flac. They also have a nice page of software suggestions that support true 24-bit music.
As some of you are probably aware, Neil Young has been a strong opponent of the MP3 format. He feels that a buyer should be able to get the quality of the actual master. There are a ton of articles about his new "Pono" player due out next year. He does have the backing of some of the record labels.
http://techland.time.com/2012/10/03/who … -standard/
I'm not hear to argue the actual differences and whether this new format makes sense. However I do hope there will be a better way of tagging this music since it seems legitimate and has major backing from many of the record labels.