The adaptive format will provide high- or low- sound files to iCloud users.

This article titled “Apple developing new audio file format to offer ‘adaptive streaming'” was written by Tom Davenport and Charles Arthur, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 28th February 2012 13.10 UTC

Apple is working on a new audio file format that will offer “adaptive streaming” to provide high- or low-quality files to users of its iCloud service.

The new format could mean that users can get “high-definition” audio by downloading to an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. Alternatively, it could offer a streaming service – like that of Lala.com, the music streaming and online storage company, which Apple acquired late in 2009.

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