Apple Music Lossless has been announced alongside support for Dolby Atmos spatial audio. For lovers of high-quality music, the lossless news will be huge. Enhancing one of the mainstream music-streaming services with high-fidelity sound is sure to please both audiophiles and enthusiast listeners. But just how good will music sound through Apple Music’s ALAC codec? Here’s what Apple has revealed in its press release today.;
Does Apple Music Lossless sound better than Spotify?
Apple Music Lossless sounds better than Spotify as it’s able to output audio at up to 24-bit 192 Hz.
Using its ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec), users are able to “hear the exact same thing that artists created in the studio.” What’s more, this service is offered free as part of the standard Apple Music subscription.
It’s worth noting, however, that to hear the best quality audio from Apple Music Lossless, users will need to use external equipment to drive the sound. Apple recommends a “USB digital-to-analog converter” known as a DAC.
While Spotify isn’t yet able to match the audio quality of Apple Music Lossless, it is planning to release a “HiFi” tier at some stage this year. When that lands, the gap between Spotify and Apple will close once again.
Audiophiles with high-end gear will no doubt be eager to listen to Apple and Spotify’s hi-fi offerings. It will be interesting to see how many users move away from Tidal Masters and other services to try the more mainstream applications.
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