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After a spate of leaks and teasers in recent days, Apple finally announced Hi-Res Lossless audio support for Apple Music. However, this new audio format will be useless for the company’s own line of audio accessories, including the AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max. These devices will not support lossless audio over Bluetooth.
For the uninitiated, Apple published a official press release yesterday, announcing the Hi-Fi Lossless Audio Level for Apple Music subscribers. The new audio format will be available to all Apple Music users starting next month. It will offer studio quality audio for your entire song catalog, that too at no additional cost over your existing subscription.
AirPods will not support Hi-Res lossless audio on Apple Music; This is why
According to recent reports, Apple has confirmed that its next level of Hi-Res Lossless audio will only work with wired headphones and might even require an additional dongle or USB digital-to-analog converter. So this rules out Apple’s AirPods lineup as they are essentially truly wireless earbuds and earphones with no wires or keys.
Additionally, Apple Lossless Audio is encoded as Apple Lossless Audio Codec files. Lossless quality of songs. ranges from 16 bit 44.1 kHz to 24 bit 48 kHz reproduction. On the other hand, Hi-Res Lossless audio offers 192 kHz 24-bit playback.
Now AirPods, AirPods Max, and AirPods Pro are restricted to the Bluetooth AAC codec when connected to an Apple device. As a result, no AirPods model will be able to stream lossless high-resolution songs on Apple Music. Although the AirPods Max could reproduce the new format when connected via cable. However, the company has confirmed that you will not be able to stream lossless audio using the usual Lightning cable.
While this is bad news for AirPods owners, the good news is that all AirPods models will support Apple’s Spatial Audio technology along with Dolby Atmos. Therefore, after the release of high-fidelity lossless audio on Apple Music, users will be able to enjoy 360-degree audio with AirPods. Additionally, it gives artists the opportunity to create more immersive audio experiences for their fans.
The new Hi-Res Lossless Audio tier and support for Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos are coming to Apple Music sometime in June. And existing Apple Music subscribers will be able to access it at no additional cost.