Apple released iOS 14.7, ushering in lossless and spatial audio experiences for millions of users in India. With the update, users will be able to enjoy Apple Music’s 75 million songs in lossless audio quality and thousands of songs with spatial audio with Dolby Atmos without paying anything extra.
Users will need to go to the Music tab in their settings to enable Dolby Atmos and choose the network configurations to stream these files. On Apple Music, they will be able to see clear tags for lossless and spatial audio with the album part. Apple Music users on Android will also benefit from these features very soon.
However, if the network is not good enough to stream lossless audio, it will go to the best possible quality, but this will also be communicated to the listener. If you don’t really care about data, choose Always On With Dolby Atmos in Music Settings.
AirPods Pro and AirPods Max support autoplay with spatial audio. Other supported devices are AirPods, BeatsX, Beats Solo3 Wireless, Beats Studio3, Powerbeats3 Wireless, Beats Flex, Powerbeats Pro or Beats Solo Pro, built-in speakers on an iPhone XR or later (except iPhone SE), iPad 12.9-inch Pro (3rd generation or later), 11-inch iPad Pro, iPad (6th generation or later), iPad Air (3rd generation or later), or iPad mini (5th generation).
To use other headphones that don’t support autoplay, choose Always on.
Lossless audio files are those which preserve all the original data when the song was recorded and usually lost when compressed. So, lossless files consume much more data when streaming and also take up more space on devices. Plus, it’s not really possible to deliver a lossless experience over Bluetooth, at least not one that will satisfy audiophiles.
Cupertino has started encoding its entire Apple Music catalog which is now also encoded using the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) in resolutions ranging from 16 bit / 44.1 kHz (CD quality) to 24 bit / 192 kHz. While the difference between old AAC and lossless audio is virtually indistinguishable, we offer Apple Music subscribers the ability to access music in lossless audio compression. For older files, users can delete and download again to get the same lossless.
To enable lossless mode, users can go to Music in settings, tap on audio quality and turn on lossless mode. They can also choose the audio quality for audio streaming and downloading.
Users can listen losslessly on an iPhone or iPad, but with wired connections to headphones or speakers, or just using the built-in speaker on these devices. AirPods support AAC, but not lossless. However, to listen to songs at sample rates above 48 kHz, you need an external digital-to-analog converter. Apple TV 4K will also support lossless technology from now on.
Apple Music is working closely with artists and labels to add new releases and best catalog tracks, as more artists begin to create music specifically for the Spatial Audio experience. Together, Apple Music and Dolby make it easy for musicians, producers and mixing engineers to create songs in Dolby Atmos. Initiatives include doubling the number of Dolby-compatible studios in major markets, offering educational programming and providing resources to independent artists. Apple also creates immersive music creation tools right in Logic Pro. Later this year, Apple will release an update to Logic Pro that will allow any musician to create and mix their songs in Spatial Audio compatible with Apple Music.