Apple may have bigger plans for the next week than initially thought. The new iMac, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K are set to begin shipping to early preorder customers on or around May 21, but now it appears there may be two surprising announcements: a Hi-Fi streaming of Apple Music Tier, and maybe even AirPods 3.
The Apple Music part seems very likely when you join it A report from 9to5Google. Digging into the latest Apple Music for Android beta app, he discovered direct references to high-resolution audio that didn’t exist before
These are hints found in the app’s code, although they are not yet in front of the user:
Lossless audio files preserve every detail of the original file. Turning this on will consume significantly more data.
Lossless audio files will use significantly more space on your device. 10 GB space can store approx: – 3000 songs at high quality – 1000 songs with faultless – 200 songs with high-res lossless
Lossless streaming will consume significantly more data. A 3-minute song would be approximately: – 1.5 MB with high efficiency – 256 MBps with high quality at 6 MB – lossless at 24-bit / 48 kHz 36 MB – 145 MB at 24-bit / 192 high-resolution lossless kHzSupport Varies and depends on song availability, network conditions, and connected speaker or headphone capability.
This is no more direct and obvious than that, with Apple warning about both the high data consumption and the extra storage space of lossless music streaming that would be required to download it for offline listening. The fact that Apple has now added this data to its Android app suggests that all this may happen as soon as possible. I’m saying this because Apple’s Apple One bundle Featured in Apple Music for Android A few days before its public announcement.
The Android app code also suggests that Apple Music will provide two options for lossless playback:
ALAC up to 24-bit / 48 kHz
ALAC up to 24-bit / 192 kHz
So it seems that Apple has every intention of matching services like Tidal, Amazon Music HD, and Cubus. It is also worth noting that recently Apple Music on iOS references Dolby Atmos spatial audio, According to 9to5Mac.
Apple has been associated with its customary 256kbps AAC files for both iTunes and Apple Music over the years. When iTunes Plus debuted all the way back in 2007, it was a substantial upgrade to heavily compressed MP3s that people were downloading from peer-to-peer apps such as Napster and Limewire during the height of music piracy. And it is still perfectly adequate. The mastery of tracks has as much impact on the listening experience as the encoding details do, and Apple has tried to play on this aspect with its “Apple Digital Masters”, which aims to have the most dynamic range of songs on its platform More details have to be obtained.
But in terms of pure musical fidelity, Apple has outpaced companies like Tidal and Amazon over the past several years. My friend micah singleton is near A great piece on Board Regarding how we are entering the Hi-Fi era of the streaming music wars. Amazon Music HD is performing strongly with 100 percent subscription year over year. Spotify has also promised to launch “Spotify HiFi” later this year.
There’s money to make, and the content is all there: Apple now sells premium headphones at AirPods Max, and wireless carriers continue to talk about the promise and speed of their growing 5G network. I could not imagine that 5G would be Expected Lossless for Apple Music streaming, but it’s a nice flex of technology right in the middle of the iPhone 12 cycle.
However what about those AirPods 3?
There have already been some leaks about which details have been revealed. Apple’s next iteration of AirPods, But the real question is about the release time. Yesterday, a report from a site called Appletrack Suggested that new AirPods be announced with this new lossless level of Apple Music. I do not follow logic at all; No one really thinks of regular AirPods as the right choice for listening to audiophiles, but Apple might want to launch some kind of new hardware in conjunction with the new service.
Taken by itself, AirPods rumor sounds as “sketchy” 9to5Mac said. But the sudden discovery about lossless audio in Apple Music for Android seems to add some fuel to the fire.