Digital audio versions of all Civil Music releases and tracks are available in a variety of formats, which include some or all of the following:
Perfect WAV copies of the original master recordings. From CIV020 onwards usually available in 24bit Wav format at 44.1khz. (Earlier and other releases will be 16bit Wav format at 44.1khz)
Our MP3s are the highest bitrate possible (320kbps) and will play on any MP3 player. Read more about MP3 here.
Apple Lossless files are as good or better than CD quality. These files may be played in iTunes, or other Apple devices. Read more about Apple Lossless. They are .m4a files. here.
FLAC files are lossless and can be as good or better than CD quality, but will not play in iTunes or Windows Media Player. Read more about FLAC here. Note: FLAC files cannot carry meta data, so you won’t receive album art, tagged track names, etc.
MP3HD is a lossless format but is backwards compatible with the MP3 format because it stores two data streams in a single file. These files are playable in most MP3 players but you’ll need a specialised program or device to experience the lossless quality. Read more about MP3HD here.
Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) is a standardised, lossy compression and encoding scheme for digital audio. Designed to be the successor of the MP3 format, AAC generally achieves better sound quality than MP3 at similar bit rates. Our AAC files are also .m4a files. They are compressed and variable bitrate achieving quality audio generally comparable or better than 320MP3 with a saving on file size. Read more about AAC here.