June 20, 2024

IntecStudio

Buzz The Music

Apple Music lossless: which devices will (and won’t) play lossless and Spatial Audio

Apple Music was upgraded in a big, big way in 2021. The music streaming service now includes support for CD-quality and hi-res lossless audio, offering subscribers much higher quality at no extra cost. The service also introduced Dolby Atmos-powered Spatial Audio for immersive audio playback and, if you’ve got certain AirPods or Beats buds and a recent iPhone or iPad, you can get Apple’s top-tier spatial audio with dynamic head-tracking. 

While Apple Music’s monthly subscription has increased by £1/$1/AU$1 since 2022, Apple’s lossless and Spatial Audio offerings are available to Apple Music users at no extra cost. Apple describes the additions as Apple Music’s “biggest advancement ever in sound quality” – and we’d have to agree. “Excellent news. Well done, Apple!” we thought upon hearing the news.