It looks like Apple is not going to sit idly by as Spotify prepares for the arrival of its HiFi offering, featuring music lossless, that is to say without loss of quality. Apple Music is expected to come up with a Spotify-like offering soon, which could be announced alongside the third-generation AirPods headphones.
Of course, the manufacturer will not deliver any information before the official launch, but our colleagues from 9TO5Mac found the mentions Dolby Atmos, Dolby Audio and Lossless in the code of the Apple Music application for beta 1 of iOS 14.6. Note that these mentions disappeared in beta 2 of the operating system, but they confirm a rumor reported by the site Hits daily double. According to sources close to the music industry, Apple would offer its streaming offer lossless at the same price as the current offer, $ 9.99 per month.
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We do not yet know the characteristics of lossless streaming that the manufacturer should implement. Will the offer be content with simple CD quality (16 bits and 44.1 kHz), or will it be possible to enjoy high definition sound (24 bits, up to 192 kHz) as with Tidal or Qobuz? Currently, Apple uses the AAC format with a maximum bit rate of 256 kbit / s. For its part, Spotify currently uses the Ogg Vorbis audio codec with a bitrate of up to 320 kbit / s. Finally, Amazon Music has a high definition offer under the name HD.
Source : 9TO5Mac