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Apple brings high-quality lossless audio to Apple Music, to be available for free to all subscribers

Apple brings high-quality lossless audio to Apple Music, to be available for free to all subscribers

Other than lossless audio, Apple is also introducing spatial audio with Dolby Atmos to Apple Music.

Story highlights
  • Apple Music will soon get lossless audio, spatial audio with support for Dolby Atmos.
  • Thousands of songs will be available in spatial audio upon the feature's launch.
  • The two features will be available starting June this year.

Apple has announced two new features for its Apple Music subscriber base. Starting next month, the company will roll out lossless audio as well as spatial audio with support for Dolby Atmos on Apple Music.

Apple announced the update through a recent blog post, mentioning that the two new features will be available to Apple Music subscribers at no additional cost.

Spatial audio with Dolby Atmos

Starting June, many of the existing audio pieces on Apple Music will be available as part of the spatial audio with Dolby Atmos experience. Apple said that it is working with artists to bring more music specifically for the new spatial audio experience.

As to what can be expected from this, spatial audio with support for Dolby Atmos will provide an immersive audio experience with sounds seeming to originate from different directions.

Apple says that Apple Music will play Dolby Atmos tracks on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip by default. The same will hold true for the built-in speakers in the latest versions of iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

Lossless audio

In addition to spatial audio with Dolby Atmos, Apple Music will also make its catalogue of 75 million-plus songs available in lossless audio. Apple uses ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to retain every single bit of the original audio file, capturing every bit of audio created right at the recording studio.

To start listening to Lossless Audio, subscribers using the latest version of Apple Music can turn it on in Settings > Music > Audio Quality. Users can also choose different resolutions as per their connections, such as cellular, Wi-Fi, or for download.

Apple Music's Lossless tier starts at CD quality, which is 16 bit at 44.1 kHz (kilohertz), and goes up to 24 bit at 48 kHz and is playable natively on Apple devices. Apple Music also offers Hi-Resolution Lossless up to 24 bit at 192 kHz.