Starting next month, Apple Music will offer its subscribers lossless audio, the streamer has announced. The lossless audio quality starts with CD quality (16 bits at 44.1 kilohertz) and goes up to 24 bits at 48 kHz. The “Hi-Resolution Lossless” option – for “the true audiophile”, as Apple put it – goes to 24 bit at 192 kHz, but requires external devices such as a USB digital-to-analog converter. In addition to the lossless audio, Apple Music adds spatial audio with support for Dolby Atmos.

Specifically, Apple Music offers lossless audio at no additional cost beyond the existing subscription price of $ 9.99 per month. For comparison: TIDAL’s premium tier also costs $ 9.99 per month and offers standard sound quality (320 kilobits per second). TIDAL HiFi costs $ 19.99 and offers lossless audio quality at 16 bits at 44.1 kHz or audio recordings in master quality at speeds of up to 9,216 kilobits per second.

In other streaming news, Amazon is making its own high-fidelity streaming service, Amazon Music HD, available to Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers at no additional cost, as reported by Billboard. Amazon Music HD used to cost $ 14.99 per month, but is now $ 9.99.

“It’s something we’ve all wanted to do for a long time,” Steve Boom, vice president of Amazon Music, told Billboard. “By the time we hit the market, we were already setting new standards by taking a $ 19.99 service – at that price, really only for audiophiles – and getting them up to speed. which was much more mass market at $ 14.99. “

Back in February, Spotify had promised a high-fidelity service that “delivers music in lossless audio format in CD quality to your device and Spotify Connect-enabled speakers”. No further details were disclosed.

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