updated 12:35 pm EST, Wed March 3, 2004
iTunes AAC codec No. 1
Apple's AAC codec used to encode songs in iTunes and at the iTunes Music Store was tested by Rarewares. In 12 songs tested, iTunes had the best score on average with Nero close behind. and the remaining three tied in second place: "It's worth mentioning that according to a key developer of the QuickTime/iTunes AAC encoder, this codec nearly didn't get tuned since the last test because they were busy with porting the iTunes platform to Windows and working on speed optimization. Makes one wonder how much it can improve once the engineers start tuning it again and if a VBR mode is eventually implemented."