Apple is expected to make the high-resolution audio option available to subscribers in the coming weeks
Spotify HiFi and Amazon Music HD are about to be challenged. Apple is expected to make the high-resolution audio option available to subscribers in the coming weeks. This news coincides with the announcement of iOS 14.6 beta 1 for developers, which teases “lossless” audio for the Apple Music streaming app. This has led to speculation that a high-resolution audio alternative is in the works and could be released before the Worldwide Developers Conference this summer (WWDC).
If this is real, it will clash with the newly released Spotify HiFi, as well as Amazon Music HD and Tidal. This may be the first service to launch in India that provides HD music—at the moment, neither Spotify nor Amazon offer this subscription tier to Indian subscribers.
The code was discovered by 9to5Mac in the most recent iOS update, which also includes references to Dolby Atmos and Dolby Audio sound formats. This could be fantastic news for Apple AirPods Max users, and it could give Apple a huge advantage if it ties in with the next generation of AirPods wireless earbuds’ high-res audio capabilities.
It goes without saying that the price of this subscription tier is unknown. Hi-Res audio files are preferred by music fans because they are less compressed, have a wider file size, and thus retain a lot of finer data than compressed audio files found on music streaming services. The majority of standard music streaming files use the AAC audio codec and bitrates of 256kbps or 320kbps.