A lossless streaming and spatial audio feature has been rolled out with Apple Music for the first time. Those with the latest iOS, iPadOS, or macOS updates can now stream select tracks in both lossless/CD-quality as well as high-resolution lossless (if an external DAC is available).
During the WWDC keynote, Apple announced both features would arrive “today,” but it took many hours before they appeared in the app. If you haven’t been reached yet by the rollout, you might still not.e received it yet. Apple updated the system from the server side.
If you stream lossless audio files, you will also burn through more data than if you download them.
You can dig into all of the technical details and FAQs here. AAC streaming remains the default setting in the iOS Music app section, unless you switch to lossless streaming.
By the end of 2021, Apple plans to make Apple Music’s entire catalog, including each of its 75 million tracks, lossless.
Apple Music offers lossless audio exclusively through subscription; it’s not available for purchase, and you can’t upgrade purchased music or get it through iTunes Match.
Apple TV 4K, iPad, iPhone, and iPad are all compatible with lossless audio. Regardless, a future software update will enable support for both the HomePod and the HomePod Mini.
Apple Music now offers spatial audio for the first time. Dolby Atmos-enabled mixes now appear on millions of tracks, according to Apple, delivering “truly multidimensional sound.”
Spatial audio tracks are expected to be much more limited than lossless ones, with Apple promising “thousands” of spatial audio tracks from day one.