Apple Music to stream Hi-Res Audio next year?

Apple Music to stream Hi-Res Audio next year?
According to insiders allegedly familiar with Apple's plans, Apple Music is planning on improving the quality of its streamed music as soon as next year, by offering the option of high-resolution audio streaming, which means audio with bit rate of 24 bits or higher.

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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18 Comments

1. bubbadoes

Posts: 1225; Member since: May 03, 2012

Spotify is your answer for high def audio!

7. vincelongman

Posts: 5645; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

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

10. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

I admit that my ear really cant differentiate between 320kbps MP3 vs FLAC, wether using earphone or using highend studio audio system (not mine of course), so its not a problem for me :D

13. AlikMalix unregistered

I'm with you on that...

14. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

Spotify uses 320kbps Ogg Vorbis, and Apple uses 256kbps AAC. Tidal is Lossless.

16. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

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.

8. azimesmail

Posts: 264; Member since: Nov 23, 2014

Spotify doesn't stream Hi-Res audio. Only TIDAL does.

2. bucky

Posts: 3774; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

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!

3. zunaidahmed

Posts: 1183; Member since: Dec 24, 2011

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.

5. foster426

Posts: 40; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

I have Virgin Mobile and they do the same thing.

17. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

people are beginning to see the trend... i have unl data from both verizon and att and will not give it up

4. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

They should... BTW what's the audio bitrate on Spotify?

11. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

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

12. mixedfish

Posts: 1547; Member since: Nov 17, 2013

You talk about other people listening to 'crappy audio' yet use an iPhone? LOL

6. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1293; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I used to enjoy HD audio on Sony's Music Unlimited, shame Sony killed it.

9. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

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

15. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

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"

18. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

that may be so. but we also have to remember we live in a culture where labels, stats, 'get now pay later' and winning, is relatively more popular than common sense, sense, practicality, and etc.

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