Apple has just recently announced that Apple Music will receive a drastic audio quality improvement, which will feature lossless audio, spacial music as well as Dolby Atmos.
Currently, Apple Music is by no means bad. However, their main competitors, such as Spotify, actually offer better audio quality options for streaming. Apple Music offers a lossy AAC file of 256KB/s, while Spotify offers a lossy MP3 format at a beefier 320KB/s.
Now, Apple has announced that, by June 2021, Apple Music will be offered in a far higher audio quality. It's lowest streaming quality now will be 1,411KB/s, which is five times higher audio quality than before!
Users will be able to stream music at:
- 16bit at 44.1kHz
- 24bit at 48kHz
- 24bit at 192kHz
If you wanted to reap the benefits of streaming music at 24bit at 192kHz, however, you will have to have a high speed and stable internet connection. You'll have to invest in some pretty decent audio hardware too because, unfortunately, the Apple AirPods Max and HomePod are not even up to scratch. Speculation suggests that the next versions of these audio products will most likely support lossless spatial audio playback.
Take a look at the video below by the YouTube channel, Zone Of Tech, on Apple HiFi Explained - The Future Of Apple Music...