Apple Music’s lossless and spatial audio streaming quality is now available in India after months of leaks, rumors, and everything else that happens. As you’ll see below, we also have screenshots to back up our claims.
In reality, this is not a leak at all. Not that it should come as much of a surprise, since Apple first announced it at this year’s WWDC.
As a whole, the features expand the types of music available for streaming on Apple Music, but only if the user has the appropriate hardware. The technology is explained in great depth here.
Apple Music’s Lossless Audio Settings
The lossless quality of Apple Music seems to be standing right now, and turning it on is simple.
If you own an iPhone, here’s how to get it done:
- Launch the device’s configuration utility.
- Look for the Music folder and open it.
- Choose the audio quality option.
- Right in this area is where you can activate the lossless audio feature.
What’s more, I’ll show you how to do it on a Mac:
- Throw open Apple Music.
- Click the menu bar on the top of your screen and click Preferences.
- To begin listening, select the Playback option.
- Again, under the “audio quality” option you will have to check the “lossless audio” format.
Both the iPhone and the Mac give you the freedom to select the desired lossless audio streaming format. Apple is offering lossless streaming at two resolutions — 24-bit/48kHz and 24-bit/192kHZ. In addition, the app informs you that an external DAC is required to hear the best lossless quality Apple has to offer.
Comprende? Ok. Continue on, then.
What Kind of Financial Commitment Is Making the Switch to Lossless Audio?
Here are the cliff notes if you didn’t read the explanation we provided up top. Since this will probably only work with wired headphones, you’ll need to invest in an adapter like Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm headphone jack ($9), which supports lossless audio.
To get audio of this quality, you’ll need to spend at least Rs. 2,000 on the cheapest headphones that support it. Please take into consideration that we said: “typically” and not “always”.
Finally, since lossless audio involves more data, it can convey a wider range of frequencies to the listener. Most of us don’t have ears that are sensitive to that many frequencies, and there is no surgery that we are aware of that will improve your hearing to that extent.
Even with lossy and spatial audio, the experience should improve somewhat, but if you don’t notice a difference after purchasing the equipment, remember that we warned you. Here’s hoping this paragraph gets cut by the editor. Not that he did, mind you.
Should You Expect to Pay for Lossless Sound Quality?
Apple Music now offers Lossless Audio and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, both at the same low, low prices. Subscribers will not be required to pay any additional fees to gain access to these options. They’ll be part of Apple’s standard pricing. A financial investment in compatible hardware may be necessary.
What Is the Mechanism that Allows This to Occur?
All of this happens mechanically.
Once Apple activates the service, your AirPods will immediately switch to Spatial Audio/Dolby Atmos by default. Absolutely nothing should be done at this time. Pull up your music library in Apple Music. Choose a tune that can play on your device. Done.
While both Apple Music and the AirPods support Spatial Audio, the implementations are distinct. You can’t enable Spatial Audio for movies and TV shows with AirPods because they don’t support it in the way you’ve demonstrated. In that case, it’s completely useless to continue.
All you need is an iOS 14.6 device, a pair of AirPods, or another Apple audio product to enjoy Apple Music’s spatial audio features. The same goes for headphones not made by Apple. It will be necessary to manually enable third-party support in Apple Music’s settings.
Where Can I Find Music that Is Compatible with Dolby Atmos?
The track should have Dolby Atmos symbols on the playing card. It currently only works with a limited selection of songs.
Apple has promised that all of their music, all 20 million songs, will be compatible with the launch and that all of the songs will be available in CD quality.
When Compared to Conventional Audio, Why Is Spatial Audio so Much Better?
The sounds you hear in the real world are not coming from a single location, but rather are picked up by your ears from a variety of different sources.
Spatial audio is an attempt to recreate this phenomenon in a static setting, either with specialized hardware like surround sound systems or in a virtual one, with algorithms that disperse sound in a 360-degree cone around your ears.