There have been rumors recently that the AirPods 3 are about to be revealed, alongside Apple Music offering lossless music. Well, the rumors were half correct.
Apple has announced that lossless song options will be coming to Apple Music in an upgrade available starting next month. But there was no mention of the Apple AirPods 3. I have to say, I’m not entirely surprised. After such a big hardware announcement last month, I suspect there will be a hiatus before the next release.
Over 75 million tracks (that’s the entire Apple Music catalog) will be available in lossless audio, oh, and there’s no extra charge for Apple Music subscribers.
In addition, Spatial Audio music will be supported for songs created in Dolby Atmos. If you’ve watched videos or movies on an iPad and listened through AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, you’ll know the compatible content sounds stunning.
Spatial Audio will be introduced for thousands of Dolby Atmos songs in June, with more to follow, including curated playlists and special badges on appropriate albums to make them easy to find.
To choose to listen in lossless quality, go to Settings, then Music, then Audio quality. It’s not there yet, but there will be a place to choose audio resolution levels, which you can set depending on whether you’re on cellular, Wi-Fi, or downloading. After all, lossless files are larger, so streaming or downloading them will require your permission.
Spatial audio playback will be available in several situations. Apple explains, “By default, Apple Music automatically plays Dolby Atmos tracks on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as on built-in speakers in the latest versions of iPhone, iPad, and Mac.”
That’s more than the AirPods Pro and AirPods Max as they are today. Apple hasn’t said when the new options will be available beyond June, but it’s generally expected that iOS 14.6 will most likely be needed.