It was only earlier this month 9to5Mac found evidence to suggest that Apple is preparing to launch a lossless offering in Music, and now its sister site has discovered more information about the potential upgrade. Perform an APK teardown of the latest version of Apple Music app for Android, found code snippets that refer to two different levels of high fidelity audio: “Lossless” and “High-res Lossless”. The former would see songs encoded in Apple’s ALAC codec up to 48kHz, while the latter will further increase the quality to 192kHz.
There is apparently no mention of Dolby Atmos or Dolby Audio in the code for Apple Music 3.6 for Android. Apple referred to both in iOS 14.6 Beta 1 before subsequently removing any mention of high-fidelity service in Beta 2. If high-quality streaming comes with iOS 14.6, there’s a good chance the company have a HiFi level before Spotify released later this year.
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