If, as rumored, Apple eliminates the jack on the next iteration of the iPhone to make it water resistant and thinner, audio could benefit greatly. Apple is expected to route digital audio through the Lightning port, allowing listeners using headsets or earphones to enjoy studio-quality music, along with potentially richer controls over audio accessories' functions. The audio will stream up to 96kHz/24bit.
Apple is hoping that offering Hi-Res Audio for Apple Music will lead to increased sales of the Apple iPhone. Promoting the ability to stream studio quality through Apple Music could give the iPhone and Apple Music an advantage over the competition. The change to Hi-Res Audio is rumored to take place sometime next year, which dovetails perfectly with reports that the Apple iPhone 7 and Apple iPhone 7 Plus will be the first iPhone models to go without a 3.5mm earphone jack.
source: Macotakara via AppleInsider
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Spotify is your answer for high def audio!
posted on Dec 20, 2015, 9:40 PM 0
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Isn't Spotify "only" lossy 320kbps MP3? Same as Google, and equivalent to Apple's 256kbps M4A Article sounds like its referring to something lossless like FLAC or ALAC Personally, I'd like Apple/Google/Spotify to offer Opus as an alternative to M4A/MP3 Opus retrains better quality at lower bitrates than M4A/MP3, perfect for those on limited data plans
posted on Dec 21, 2015, 12:05 AM 2
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I used to convert and try different audio formats. Mp3/4 essentially the same shiz was less taxing than other formats. Mind you mp3 is terrible compared to essentially any lossless formats. But for the most common user they wouldn't know the difference anyways. and mp3 and mp4 is the main and universally accepted form of commercial listening experience.
posted on Dec 21, 2015, 7:37 PM 0
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I love how every company is pushing higher quality everything over data while the network providers are ramming up the cost of providing it. Here in Canada a 2gb plan is now $95!
posted on Dec 20, 2015, 9:40 PM 5
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Data cost from streaming music doesn't count towards ur data limit in lots of carrier. I use T-Mobile for instance, and they allow unlimited streaming using a lot of music apps, which also includes Apple Music.
posted on Dec 20, 2015, 10:11 PM 0
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They should... BTW what's the audio bitrate on Spotify?
posted on Dec 20, 2015, 10:12 PM 2
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320kbps MP3 so pretty s**tty in terms of being "Hi-res" Anyway, I couldn't care less about Apple Music but it is goddamn time already that Apple added Hi-res audio to iPhones and iTunes, iP6 hardware is already compatible but Apple just refuses to activate it with software, this is stupid. After many years of listening to FLACs I can hear the difference between them and MP3, although I know most people don't even realise that they're listening to crappy audio, I think that Apple would win some more music enthusiasts here. But I love iPhones audio quality nonetheless, perfect balance and clarity
posted on Dec 21, 2015, 2:29 AM 1
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Hi -Res audio is OVERRATED, well unless you are gifted with a superhuman sonic perception ... the human ear cannot distinguish higher than 16 bit / 44.1 Khz
posted on Dec 21, 2015, 12:39 AM 2
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This... "This difference between 16-bit/44.1kHz audio and anything greater than that has been tested (a lot... in double-blind tests) and we have yet to find any human that can reliably notice that difference. Bit depths greater than 16 bits and sample rates above 44.1kHz simply don't matter as long as the data is converted properly"
posted on Dec 21, 2015, 12:49 PM 1
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