Apple Music Lossless target achieved for entire 90 million song catalog


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Apple has kept its Apple Music lossless quality promise spanning its 90 million song catalog.

When Apple announced support for lossless quality and Dolby Atmos, it only supported 20 million songs. Apple has said it will roll out support during 2021 for its entire catalog of songs, which is exactly what it has done. As of December 28, the entire Apple Music catalog now supports lossless quality sound.

9to5Mac says he can’t find a single greatest hits EP, album, collection or collection that isn’t available in a lossless version. The announcement of lossless quality audio sparked some controversy at launch. This is because AirPods and AirPods Max users cannot enjoy the format. Users need a wired connection with at least iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, MacOS 11.4, or tvOS 14.6 to enjoy lossless quality audio.

While it’s nice to see Apple Music’s promise of lossless audio quality kept, maybe Spotify should take some notes.

Spotify users have been asking when the Spotify HiFi release date arrives since Spotify announced it would provide the service in 2021. But there are only three days left in the year and its HiFi streaming service is nowhere to be found. Apple likely took Spotify’s HiFi veils out of breath by announcing a free upgrade for subscribers. All indications were that Spotify was hoping to charge Spotify Premium members for access to lossless audio.

It’s also worth mentioning that Apple doesn’t mention how many songs are available in high resolution lossless and Dolby Atmos. The catalog of Dolby Atmos songs is probably much smaller. High resolution lossless streaming requires an external DAC, which only the most dedicated musicians and artists will have in their arsenal. Dolby Atmos support has to come from the artist side with a suitable master – which requires everyone to be on board.

Apple Music subscribers have definitely gotten better value for their money this year. Meanwhile, Spotify continues to focus on podcasts, where it has largely beaten Apple’s long market share.


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