“Mastered For iTunes” on iTunes

Mastered for iTunes means these albums have been specially tuned for higher fidelity sound on your computer, stereo, and all Apple devices. Browse a range of music across all genres below, and keep checking back as we add more music that is mastered specifically for iTunes.

This page on the iTunes Store displays albums marketed as “Mastered for iTunes” including:

  • Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  • Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
  • Paul McCartney – Kisses on the Bottom

If you’re suspicious of Mastered for iTunes you might think that that’s ok, because they’re all pop releases, but oh, golden ear music snob, you’ll also find classic and classical albums like

  • Philip Glass’s Symphony No. 9
  • Frampton Comes Alive
  • Holst: The Planets
  • John Coltrane – A Love Supreme
  • Everything by Pink Floyd

I think that Mastered for iTunes is a marketing ploy that could degrade mastering processes, discourage better encoding, and ultimately won’t work to win over audiophiles. But they don’t need to. There are people who rip their CDs at 48khz.