Apple mentions that HomePod and HomePod Mini will allow lossless audio after future updates.
In the latest support document on the Apple website, The company enters a little deeper into the details. Around the anticipated rollout of lossless audio on Apple Music.
The company has now made it clear that the HomePod and the HomePod Mini allow for lossless audio after a future software update. And that will be very great news to those who have actually invested in one or multiple Apple smart speakers.
Are there going to be 2 HomePods grouped in stereo playing a lossless source? Yes, of course. And that is going to sound very amazing.
Well, the company hasn’t started giving out or distributing any timetable yet for when exactly the software update will be released.
Also, the document explains that the Apple TV 4K will allow only standard lossless audio. That is in June when the ALAC file is available.
The company also mentioned that in several cases, the “Hi-Res Lossless” tier will be needing external devices just like a USB DAC.
Apple makes use of the document to promote its “commitment”
The company makes use of the document to promote its “commitment” to offering customers the best possible listening experience.
And this talks up both AAC which claims that the format has become “virtually indistinguishable from the original studio recording”. As encoding methods have progressed. And it is Apple Digital Masters inventiveness.
We assume that the company is very much happy about spatial audio as well as Dolby Atmos mixes that are set to be launched in Apple Music than anything to do with lossless.
Also, the document restates what apple mentioned to a source earlier this week regarding the AirPods Max. The company says:
When listening to audio through the Lightning to 3.5mm cable, it will sound great, however, it won’t be “lossless technically.
This reason is on account of an analog to digital conversion that takes place in the cable. Also, the company confirms again that lossless quality will be unique to Apple Music:
Can I Download my iTunes purchases in lossless again?
Well, the answer is if you have subscribed to its service, then you can actually redownload music in lossless. However from the Apple Music catalog again.
The direct answer to this question is “NO”. However, it is obvious that Apple wants people to subscribe to its Music.
The company will provide more than 20 million songs in lossless quality during its launch in June. And it is said that the total number will get to more than 75 million by 2021 end.