Apple Music is about to get two major updates next month, and these will be completely free of cost for all subscribers. Apple will soon be rolling out support for high-quality, lossless audio and for spatial audio through Dolby Atmos
Made available for all subscribers, including those of Family and Student plans, the company says it’ll have 75 million lossless audio songs in its catalog by the end of the year and 20 million to start.
To turn on lossless audio, subscribers must run the latest version of Apple Music and can go to Settings > Music > Audio Quality. There, they can opt for different resolutions for different connections, like cellular, Wi-Fi, or for download. Furthermore, to turn on Spatial Audio for other headphones, users will have to go to Settings > Music > Audio and set Dolby Atmos to “Always On.” Spatial audio will be compatible with most Apple devices made in the last few years, including the Apple TV 4K connected to a compatible TV or receiver.
According to The Verge, Apple Music’s lossless audio starts at CD quality, which is 16 bit at 44.1 kHz, and goes up to 24 bit at 48 kHz natively on Apple devices. It tops out at 24 bit at 192 kHz. For the highest-quality “High-Resolution Lossless” experience, subscribers will need external equipment like a DAC to enjoy it.