Apple is planning to upgrade its Apple Music service this summer by catching up to competing services like TIDAL, Qobuz, and Amazon Music HD. The company is doing this by adding two new features that they hope will help bring in some of the high-res fans looking for better content.
The biggest change is going to be support for lossless audio, opening users up to a catalog of higher-bitrate music. Tracks will offer up to 24-bit/192kHz and will be exclusive to the streaming platform. Users will need a pair of (wired) headphones and a proper DAC to drive the experience with if they really want to tap into what it can deliver. They will also have to enable the new high-res option via the Audio Quality section within settings when the update rolls out.
It might be time to invest in a nice pair of audiophile headphones to take advantage of this. Like the Audeze LCDi3 in-ear monitors, the beyerdynamic T1 2nd-gen, or really go crazy with the HEDDphone Air Motion Transformer headphones. Then there is the DAC amplifier options, but I’ll stop there before you break a sweat from the price tags.
The next big change is the support for Dolby Atmos. A spatial-audio-driven surround experience for devices that also support Dolby Atmos within the audio settings.
Apple will be rolling the new upgrades out next month with millions of supported tracks to pick from and millions more added in the near future. Making sure that it isn’t a short-lived experience. So make sure to keep the Apple Music app updated and that you have a nice pair of headphones lying around to experience it all with.
Times are changing as the audiophile community is no longer a tight little niche of users. Access to higher-res sound has become easier and more affordable than ever in recent years.