AirPods, AirPods Max and AirPods Pro Dont Support Apple Music Lossless Audio – MacRumors2 min read

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Apple today announced that beginning in June, Apple Music tunes will be available to stream in Lossless and Hi-Resolution Lossless formats, but lossless audio wont be supported on the AirPods, AirPods Max, or AirPods Pro.
Apples Lossless Audio is encoded as Apple Lossless Audio Codec files, with lossless quality ranging from 16-bit 44.1 kHz playback to 24-bit 48 kHz playback and Hi-Res Lossless offering 24-bit 192 kHz quality.
AirPods, AirPods Pro, and AirPods Max are restricted to the Bluetooth AAC codec when coupled with an iPhone, and will not have the ability to stream Apple Music lossless files, Apple confirmed to T3.
Apple did not mention AirPods compatibility in its news release revealing the new functionality, and on its website, Apple verifies that lossless audio can be listened to on an iPhone, iPad, Mac, or Apple TV, and T3 likewise says that HomePod works although it wasnt listed in Apples announcement.
Apples lossless audio is less compressed and provides a more accurate variation of the studio recording process, for music that sounds as it was intended by the artist. Lossless audio offers a wider vibrant range to bring out the information and realism in music.
Hi-Res Lossless will require a USB digital to analog converter or similar equipment, but will offer the very best sound experience. Listening to lossless audio on an iPhone will require wired headphones and its possible an additional dongle will be required to get the best sound quality. AirPods Max will likewise not support lossless audio over the Lightning cable, Apple told Micah Singleton.
While the AirPods, AirPods Max, and AirPods Pro do not support lossless audio, they do support Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, and by default, Apple Music will immediately play Dolby Atmos tracks on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip.
With Spatial Audio support, artists will be able to create immersive experiences that provide fans with multidimensional noise and clarity.
Lossless Audio and Spatial Audio are being included to Apple Music at no charge, so both brand-new and current subscribers will get these functions for the basic $9.99 per month (person), $4.99 each month (trainee), or $14.99 monthly (household) prices.

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