It’s not very often that an Android app hints about Apple products, but the latest Apple Music beta has spilled the beans about the HiFi Audio Tier rumored to be coming to the app.
Within the APK teardown of the Apple Music app for Android, 9to5 google It appears that the lossless audio feature for both iPhone and Android is about to be confirmed in the near future.
When viewed within the Apple Music 3.6.0 beta currently available on the Play Store, there are several strings of code that reveal support for lossless audio up to 24-bit / 192 kHz.
You can see some of the text below, some of which try to explain how much data users can expect to consume while playing high-resolution, lossless audio. it reads:
Lossless audio files preserve every detail of the original file. Turning this on will consume significantly more data.
Lossless audio files will use considerably more space on your device. 10 GB space can store approx: – 3000 songs at high quality – 1000 songs lossless – 200 songs at high-res lossless
Lossless streaming will consume significantly more data. A 3-minute song would be approx: – 1.5 MB with high efficiency – 256 MBps with high quality at 6 MB – lossless at 24-bit / 48 kHz 36 MB – 145 MB 24-bit / 192 at high-res lossless kHzSupport Varies and depends on song availability, network conditions, and connected speaker or headphone capability.
Apple Music for Android Beta
Recent reports have suggested that Apple plans to drop new levels within iOS 14.6, currently in beta and likely to roll out in the coming weeks. It is not yet clear whether Apple will charge more for better quality audio, or whether it will follow the same strategy that it adopted when automatically upgrading movie purchases from HD to 4K.
Real 9to5Mac Reports on the case also suggested that there would be support for “Dolby Atmos” and “Dolby Audio” within the new level, but whether Android users would like to see that.
Spotify is also working on a HiFi tier, so it looks like we have another music streaming race in our hands.