Apple Music has reportedly announced plans to launch two major updates next month – support for high-quality lossless audio and spatial audio through Dolby Atmos. Notably, these features would be available to all subscribers for free, including subscribers who are part of family and student plans.
The company has evidently said that its catalog would start with 20 million lossless audio songs and would include 75 million by the end of 2021.
Apple claimed that lossless audio would be offered exclusively on Apple Music, which is why it would be provided as a subscription-only service. However, the company would not offer music purchases in lossless quality or a way for subscribers to upgrade existing tracks to lossless using the paid iTunes Match service, as per reports.
To get lossless audio, subscribers would apparently need to have the latest version of the Apple Music app and choose a resolution for audio quality in Music settings.
The company added that under audio quality settings, listeners would have options of different resolutions for different connections, such as Wi-Fi, cellular, or for download.
The lowest resolution for lossless audio in Apple Music would supposedly be the CD quality with 16 bit at 44.1 kHz format that could extend to 24 bit at 48 kHz only on Apple devices. 24 bit at 192 kHz would evidently be the highest resolution offered to listeners.
The company further stated that to enjoy “High-Resolution Lossless” – the highest quality lossless audio experience – subscribers would require external equipment, such as a DAC.
Dolby Atmos audio and Spatial audio could enhance the audio experience for Apple Music listeners even more, reports suggest.
The resulting audio experience would seemingly offer more immersive mixes to subscribers listening on the latest Beats headphones or AirPods, which have been imbedded with the H1 or W1 chip.
Spatial audio has evidently been designed to be compatible with most Apple devices manufactured in recent few years, even with the Apple TV 4K connected to a compatible receiver or TV.