Apple now says that each the HomePod and HomePod Mini will assist lossless audio after a future software program replace. That’ll be excellent news to individuals who’ve invested in a single or a pair of Apple’s good audio system. Two HomePods grouped in stereo taking part in a lossless supply? Yeah, that’s going to sound great. Apple isn’t but giving any timetable for when this software program replace might be launched, nevertheless.
The doc additionally clarifies that the Apple TV 4K will solely assist customary lossless audio when the ALAC information turn into out there in June. Apple has stated that typically, the “Hello-Res Lossless” tier would require exterior units like a USB DAC.
Apple makes use of the doc to tout its “dedication” to offering prospects with the absolute best listening expertise. It talks up each AAC — claiming that the format has turn into “just about indistinguishable from the unique studio recording” as encoding strategies have developed — and its Apple Digital Masters initiative. I proceed to suppose that Apple is far more enthusiastic about spatial audio and Dolby Atmos mixes coming to Apple Music than something to do with lossless itself.
The simple reply to the query as written can be a flat “no,” however clearly Apple needs to nudge individuals in direction of its subscription service. Apple Music will provide over 20 million songs in lossless high quality at launch in June, and that complete will attain over 75 million by the tip of 2021.