Confirmed: Apple Music gets higher sound quality

Update at 15.23:

Apple has on Monday confirmed that it intends to give subscribers to Apple Music‌ the opportunity to listen to music in higher sound quality from June, this without raising the price of the service.

In total, there are more than 75 million songs made available in the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) format.

The new lossless options will be 24-bit / 48kHz and 24-bit / 192kHz. The latter means that a song of three minutes gets a size of 36 megabytes.

In addition to “Lossless audio”, support for 3D sound is also offered with Dolby Atmos, something that Apple calls “Spatial audio”. To be able to use this function, you must have headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, ie Airpods and more expensive models of Beats.

More information can be found in Apple’s press release.


The site 9to5Mac has discovered references to “Lossless” and “Hi Res Lossless” in the source code for the web version of Apple Music. In addition, the designer Stijn de Vries has found two logos with the same word choice.

The other day, similar code was discovered in the Apple Music app for Android.

In this context, it can be pointed out that the competitors Tidal and Amazon Music already offer music with higher sound quality and later this year it is also time for Spotify Hifi.