Apple has announced that its music streaming service will ultimately be offered in HiFi or high fidelity quality, which its users and subscribers have been waiting for months to match that of other competing services.
In fact, many came to think that he would do so for the last presentation of the company’s products, the first that Apple celebrated during this year 2021. Finally, this novelty did not arrive at that time.
Following a series of leaks, rumors, and even a snapshot of the company itself, Apple announced that Apple Music subscribers will receive various audio upgrades in June at no additional cost.
First, the entire Apple Music catalog of over 75 million songs will be available for streaming in lossless audio quality via ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to “preserve every bit of the original audio file”.
Subscribers will be able to select the quality they want to use, as well as the type of connection, as Lossless Audio requires a lot more bandwidth to transmit. The available resolutions are CD quality (16-bit 44.1 kHz to 24-bit 48 kHz) and high-resolution lossless peak at 24-bit 192 kHz).
Apple Music currently offers a setting to stream in lower quality when connected via mobile data.
In addition, Apple Music also gets spatial sound with Dolby Atmos support for compatible devices. It’s a feature of iOS 14, where Spatial Audio is Apple’s version of Dolby Atmos designed for headphones that delivers an “immersive audio experience”.
In this way, it allows the artists to mix the music so that the sound comes from everywhere and from above. It will be available for select tracks by J Balvin, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, The Weeknd and more at the time of release with many more to be added.
Apple claims that all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as built-in speakers in the latest versions of iPhone, iPad, and Mac, support this spatial audio feature that it now offers with Apple Music. +.
Previously, only high-end AirPods Pro and AirPods Max supported spatial audio. The new Apple Music audio formats will be available to Apple Music subscribers at no additional cost from June.
As a first response from immediate competitors, Amazon announced this morning that its Amazon Music HD level, which previously cost an additional $ 5 per month, will now be free for its subscribers.
Spotify’s own hi-fi service is expected to launch later this year, but without disclosing pricing for the new services. Other services music streaming on Diffusion, as is the case with Tidal, Deezer, Qobuz and even Amazon Music HD already have such a delivery mode.
Different movements make us think that in addition to the Apple Music + service, Apple would have an asset up its sleeve to present new AirPods 3 headphones in the short term. These days it is possible to meet important discounts for AirPods Pro and other Apple products.
Take a look at our article on what Apple Music can do to keep up with Spotify.