In a brand new assist doc on its web site, Apple dives a little bit deeper into the small print across the upcoming launch of lossless audio on Apple Music.
Apple now says that each the HomePod and HomePod Mini will assist lossless audio after a future software program replace. That’ll be excellent news to individuals who’ve invested in a single or a pair of Apple’s good audio system. Two HomePods grouped in stereo enjoying a lossless supply? Yeah, that’s going to sound fantastic. Apple isn’t but giving any timetable for when this software program replace will probably be launched, nonetheless.
The doc additionally clarifies that the Apple TV 4K will solely assist commonplace lossless audio when the ALAC recordsdata turn out to be accessible in June. Apple has mentioned that most often, the “Hello-Res Lossless” tier would require exterior units like a USB DAC.
Apple makes use of the doc to tout its “dedication” to offering prospects with the very best listening expertise. It talks up each AAC — claiming that the format has turn out to be “nearly indistinguishable from the unique studio recording” as encoding strategies have advanced — and its Apple Digital Masters initiative. I proceed to suppose that Apple is rather more enthusiastic about spatial audio and Dolby Atmos mixes coming to Apple Music than something to do with lossless itself.
The doc additionally reiterates what Apple advised The Verge earlier this week regarding the AirPods Max: when listening to audio by way of the Lightning-to-3.5mm cable, the corporate says it’ll sound improbable, nevertheless it gained’t technically be “lossless” as a result of an analog to digital conversion that happens within the cable. Apple once more confirms that lossless high quality will probably be unique to Apple Music:
Can I redownload my iTunes purchases in lossless?
For those who subscribe to Apple Music, you possibly can redownload music in lossless solely from the Apple Music catalog.
The simple reply to the query as written can be a flat “no,” however clearly Apple needs to nudge folks in the direction of its subscription service. Apple Music will supply over 20 million songs in lossless high quality at launch in June, and that whole will attain over 75 million by the tip of 2021.