Apple to add lossless audio to Apple Music at no additional cost – TechCrunch

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Apple has announced that it's including some new features to its music streaming service Apple Music. Beginning subsequent month, customers will discover some new options, corresponding to spatial audio with help for Dolby Atmos in addition to lossless audio information.

Spotify recently announced a new high-end subscription tier with CD-quality, lossless audio information. However Spotify HiFi isn’t included in Spotify Premium by itself. You’ll have to pay a bit extra money to stream lossless audio. Pricing hasn’t been disclosed but.

Apple’s transfer is a bit completely different as lossless audio goes to be included within the primary Apple Music subscription tier. For $9.99 monthly, you’ll have the opportunity to select between varied audio high quality settings. By default, Apple and different streaming providers compress audio information in order that it doesn’t require a variety of bandwidth.

You can even select CD-quality, lossless streaming — 16 bit at 44.1 kHz. In that case, you’ll obtain lossless audio information. Behind the scenes, Apple makes use of its personal lossless audio format (ALAC, Apple Lossless Audio Codec). However that shouldn’t have an effect as FLAC, WAV or ALAC information sound precisely the identical — it’s lossless audio.

You probably have a actually limitless mobile plan, you may even select 24 bit at 48 kHz or 24 bit at 192 kHz. In that case, the typical weight of a track needs to be round 250MB — yep, that’s a variety of bytes. Apple says you will have to use an external, USB digital-to-analog converter to reap the benefits of the hi-resolution lossless tier. Plugging a pair of headphones together with your iPhone received’t reduce it.

The complete Apple Music catalog of 75 million songs will help lossless audio. Music distributors already add lossless audio information once they submit a track to streaming providers. Including lossless audio is all about surfacing these information to the top customers.

As for spatial audio, it’ll be enabled by default on {hardware} that helps Dolby Atmos, corresponding to AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip. The latest iPhone, iPad and Mac fashions additionally help Dolby Atmos. Nevertheless it seems like songs have to be remastered for Dolby Atmos particularly.

At first, solely “hundreds of songs” will help spatial audio. Artists embrace J Balvin, Gustavo Dudamel, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Kacey Musgraves and The Weeknd. You’ll have the opportunity to establish these tracks with a badge within the person interface.

Source : TechCrunch

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