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Highlights:

  • Apple Music for Android will soon get lossless audio.
  • The company has the intention of matching -Tidal, Amazon Music HD.
  • Apple Music pays artists an average of $0.01 per stream.

Shortly after discovering HiFi audio streaming on iOS, Apple was found testing the same on Android as well. Currently, Apple Music does not offer a high-resolution audio tier. But there are a number of music streaming services that offer a lossless tier, including Amazon, Tidal, and Deezer. All of these services offer a true high definition 96kHz/24-bit experience.

The move is clearly aimed at Spotify, the world’s most popular music streaming service. Earlier this year, Spotify announced its premium “HiFi” tier, allowing music listeners to experience more depth and clarity in their songs.

Apple Music currently offers users two streaming options where one is for higher quality and the other for reduced data usage. In the Apple Music 3.6.0 beta version, there’s a new streaming option for lossless audio.

The Android beta app also reveals Apple Music gives two choices for lossless playback:

  • Lossless (ALAC up to 24-bit/48 kHz)
  • high-res lossless (ALAC up to 24-bit/192 kHz).

Lossless audio files will use more space on users’ devices

Apple said that lossless audio files will use significantly more space on users’ devices. It says that 10GB of space will store approximately

  • 3,000 songs at high quality
  • 1,000 songs at the lossless quality
  • 200 songs with hi-res lossless quality.

Further, the company said that a 3-minute song will be approximately 1.5MB with high efficiency, 6MB with high quality at 256kbps, 36MB with lossless audio at 24-bit/ 48Khz, and 145MB with hi-res lossless at 24-bit/192 Khz.

There’s apparently no mention of Dolby Atmos or Dolby Audio in the code of Apple Music 3.6 for Android. We could see the launch of HiFi audio streaming along with the AirPods 3 on May 18.

Apple Music is getting animated covers on Android — at least in beta. When you click on a playlist or artists, users will now see more dynamic album art that plays like a GIF. It’s not a major addition to the service, but it makes it feel a little more premium.

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