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Apple Music Receiving Lossless 3D Audio At No Extra Cost With Dolby Atmos

In the last few weeks, there have been clear indications that lossless, HiFi quality music is making its way over to Apple Music. Until now, however, there was no official declaration. It also wasn't clear whether or not Cupertino would charge current subscribers extra for the additional feature. Now, Apple's made themselves abundantly clear – lossless audio will make its entrance in June and there will be no change to the current subscription price.

Over 75 Million Pieces Of Lossless Quality Music
All of the over 75 million pieces of music present on Apple Music will be available in lossless quality, as per Apple in a press release. The company's very own Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC) will be used. Users will have various bitrates to choose from – ranging from 16 bit and 44.1 kilohertz (CD quality), all the way to 24 bit and 192 kilohertz. A special accessory is required for the latter option – otherwise known as a digital to analog sound converter (DAC). Music quality can be selected inside the Apple Music settings.

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Thousands Of Titles In 3D Audio
From June onwards, Apple will also provide thousands of titles with 3D audio and support for Dolby Atmos. According to the company, this offer will be expanded over time. The spatial audio software is supported by any headphone with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as AirPods and headphones from Apple's subsidiary headphones-company Beats. The new feature will also be supported by any current iPhone, iPad, or Mac with built-in speakers. Albums that can be played with Dolby Atmos will be indicated inside Apple Music with the Dolby Atmos logo.

No Surcharge For Additional Features
There won't be any additional cost for Apple Music users to access or use the new features. In comparison to competitors such as Spotify or Amazon, Apple won't charge any extra for lossless or spatial audio. Apple Music will continue to cost the same as always, US$9.99 a month for a single person and US$14.99 a month for families.

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