Apple Music HiFi may have been confirmed by an Android app
It’s not too often an Android app drops clues about Apple products, but the latest beta of Apple Music may have turned the tide on the level of HiFi audio that would have been playing on the app.
In an APK teardown of the Apple Music app for Android, 9to5Google appears to have confirmed that lossless audio functionality is on the way for iPhone and Android in the near future.
When you look in Apple Music 3.6.0 Beta currently available on the Play Store, there are several channels indicating that support for lossless audio (up to 24bit / 192kHz) is in progress.
You can see the text below, some of which seeks to explain how much data users can expect to consume while playing lossless hi-res audio. It reads:
Lossless audio files preserve every detail of the original file. Enabling it will consume a lot more data.
Lossless audio files will use much more space on your device. 10 GB of space can store approximately: – 3000 songs in high quality – 1000 songs without loss – 200 songs with high resolution without loss
Lossless streaming will consume a lot more data. A 3 minute song will be approximately: – 1.5MB at high performance – 6MB with high quality at 256kbps – 36MB with lossless at 24bit / 48kHz – 145MB with high resolution without loss at 24-bit / 192kHz Support varies and depends on song availability, network conditions, and the capacity of the connected speaker or headphones.
Apple Music for Android beta
Recent reports suggest that Apple is considering adding the new level in iOS 14.6, which is currently in beta and likely to be rolled out in the coming weeks. It’s not yet clear if Apple will charge more for better sound quality or if it will follow the same tactics it took when automatically upgrading movie purchases from HD to 4K. The latter would be nice, eh?
9to5Mac’s original report on the matter also suggested that there would be support for âDolby Atmosâ and âDolby Audioâ in the new tier, but it remains to be seen whether Android users will get those options.
Spotify is working on a HiFi level as well, so it looks like we have another music streaming race on our hands.