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No Apple AirPods or HomePod models support new lossless audio on Apple Music

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Yesterday it became known that support for Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos technologies, as well as Lossless Audio, are being added to the Apple Music music service for free.

As it turned out, none of the Apple AirPods or HomePod models support Lossless Audio, meaning it cannot play lossless audio. Apple’s fully wireless earbuds only support the lossy AAC codec, so AirPods and AirPods Pro are missing. Lossless Audio support is only available on wired headphones, but even if you connect your AirPods Max over a wire, you still won’t get lossless audio. Apple’s HomePod and HomePod mini smart speakers also cannot play lossless audio.

Apple Music will use the lossless ALAC (16-bit, 44.1 kHz) format, which is CD quality. The Hi Res Lossless format has characteristics of 24 bits and 48-192 kHz, for which you need not only wired headphones, but also an external DAC.

Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos will be added to all headphones that use Apple’s H1 and W1 SoCs, such as AirPods and several Beats. Spatial Audio support will also be available on compatible Macs.

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