Apple is bringing audiophile grade lossless audio to Apple Music customers from next month at no additional cost. Here’s how you’ll need to enjoy the free, studio-quality upgrade from June.
Apple has actually placed Cat among the pigeons of stories by announcing Apple Music with Dolby Atmos with spatial audio, as well as lossless audio for the full 75 million songs on its list.
What is lossless?
“Lossless” audio tracks retain all the data needed to keep the file close to its original quality, while reducing it to make the file size more consumable. Apple will use the new ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) format to provide the technology.
The company explains: “Lossless audio compression reduces the original file size of a song while fully preserving all data. Apple Music is providing its full catalog of over 75 million songs in lossless audio at various resolutions In Apple Music, “lossless” refers to lossless audio up to 48kHz, and “Hi-Res Lossless” refers to lossless audio from 48kHz to 192kHz. Lossless and high-res lossless files are too large and standard AAC files Uses a lot more bandwidth and storage space. “
Compatible hardware and software
However, although there is no monetary fee in this upgrade, not all Apple Music customers will be able to listen to their library at the new high-end audio quality. Only a few hardware are compatible and, in some cases, additional gadget must be purchased.
For example, the Apple Music app for iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV will support lossless audio. However, you will need the upcoming iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4, or tvOS 14.6. Apple says some external devices will be needed to hit those audiophile high notes, such as a USB digital to analog converter for the highest-end “high-resolution lossless” tracks.
However, the company’s AirPods and AirPods Pro – supporting the Dolby Atmos portion of the upgrade – will not support lossless audio. The same goes for new, high-end AirPods Max over-ear headphones due to incompatible codecs. It is currently unclear which speakers and headphones from third-party audio manufacturers will support the new standard, and whether this can be done wirelessly.
We will certainly be able to know more about this in the coming weeks, but we have asked Apple for some clarification on this issue.
How to enable Apple Music lossless audio
From here, you will need to enable high-quality files in the settings and choose when you want to deploy them. For example, you want to select lossless and high-res lossless over a Wi-Fi connection. Lossless (16 bit to 44.1KHz) provides CD-quality audio, while high-res lossless (24 bit at 192 kHz) is essentially the studio sound you’re listening to, provided you have a good home audio set up. Ho.
“You can listen to lossless audio using the latest Apple Music app on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV,” Apple says. “Turn on lossless audio in Settings> Music> Audio Quality,” Apple says in the announcement. “You can choose between lossless and high-res lossless for cellular or Wi-Fi connections. Note that high-res lossless requires external devices such as a USB digital to analog converter.”