Apple may have bigger plans for next week than originally thought. The new iMac, iPad Pro, and Apple TV 4K are scheduled to begin shipping to pre-ordered customers on or around May 21, but now it looks like there may be two surprising announcements: Apple Music’s hi-fi streaming even on AirPods 3.
The Apple Music section looks very likely when you consider – report 9to5Google. After digging into the latest Apple Music for Android beta app, they found direct references to high-quality audio that wasn’t there before.
These are prompts that can be found in the application code, even if they are not yet from the user’s perspective:
A lossless audio file retains all the details of the original file. Implementing this consumes significantly more information.
Lossless audio files use significantly more space on your device. 10 GB of space can store about: – 3000 songs in high quality – 1000 songs in lossless way – 200 songs in hi-res lossless
Lossless streaming consumes significantly more data. The three-minute song is approximately: – 1.5 MB at high efficiency – 6 MB at high quality at 256 kbps kHz Support varies depending on song availability, network conditions, and the characteristics of the connected speakers or headphones.
It won’t get much straighter and clearer than when Apple warns of both the higher data consumption of lossless streaming music and the extra storage space needed to download it for offline listening. The fact that Apple has now added this information to its Android app suggests that all of this may happen sooner rather than later. I say it because of Apple’s Apple One package appeared in the Apple Music for Android app just a few days before the public announcement.
The Android app code also reveals that Apple Music offers two options for lossless playback:
ALAC up to 24-bit / 48 kHz
High resolution lossless
ALAC up to 24-bit / 192 kHz
So it sounds like Apple has every intention of coordinating services like Tidal, Amazon Music HD and Qobuz. It’s also worth noting that the Apple Music app for iOS devices recently referred to a Dolby Atmos location file, by 9to5Mac.
For years, Apple has stuck to its standard 256 kbps AAC files for both iTunes and Apple Music. When iTunes Plus always debuted in 2007, it was a major update over heavily compressed MP3 files that people downloaded from peer-to-peer apps like Napster and Limewire at the height of music piracy. And that is still perfectly adequate. Mastering songs has as much of an impact on the listening experience as encoding details, and Apple has tried to play that point. ”Apple Digital MastersAimed at getting the most dynamic range and detail on the platform tracks.
But the loyalty of pure music to Applet, such as Tidal and Amazon, has objectively surpassed in recent years. My friend Micah Singleton is great piece over Billboard about how we are moving into the hi-fi era of music streaming. Amazon Music HD is performing strongly, with subscriptions growing 100 percent from the previous year. Spotify has also promised to launch “Spotify Hi-Fi” later this year.
There’s money to be made, and the ingredients are all there: Apple now sells premium headphones on the AirPods Max, and wireless operators continue to talk about the promises and speeds of their growing 5G networks. I can’t imagine 5G being required for lossless Apple Music streaming, but it’s nice technology flexibility in the middle of the iPhone 12 cycle.
What about those AirPods 3 though?
There have already been quite a few leaks that revealed details Apple’s next AirPod iteration, but the real question has been in the timing of the release. Yesterday, a report from the site called AppleTrack suggested that new AirPods could be unveiled alongside this new lossless level of Apple Music. I don’t actually follow logic; no one really thinks regular AirPods are the right choice for audiophile listening, but maybe Apple just wants some sort of new hardware to launch along with the new service.
The AirPods rumor alone seems to be “natural” 9to5Mac said. But the sudden discovery of a lossless sound in the Apple Music for Android app seems to add fuel to the fire.