Would someone please answer this question – How does the average user determine whether the “actual resolution" of the music in a file matches the “resolution capability” of the file format?
I ask because my ITUNES tool bar includes a utility named “Convert File to Apple Lossless”. When used with ITUNES download files, however, the utility simply transfers the MP3 resolution music stored in the Apple Compressed format – to the same MP3 resolution music stored in the Apple LossLess format. So, we start and end with the same MP3 music - even though the format of the file has changed.
Compounding the confusion, the ITUNES FILE DESCRIPTION changes to 16/44 even though the resolution of the music stored in the file remains unchanged at MP3.
JA notes that the term “compression” is misleading. Sponges that have been “compressed” to fit a smaller shape and volume can be restored to their original form. However, sponges that have been “trimmed” to fit a smaller shape and volume cannot. MP3 files have been irrevocably "trimmed" by the upstream processing, not "compressed".
So, how can the average user determine whether a music file has been “trimmed” beyond repair by any of the equipment that is used in the upstream processing?
A simple explanation in Business English would be appreciated. Thanks,