Apple has announced that both the Apple HomePod and the HomePod Mini will support lossless audio via Apple Music in the future. Support will come via a future software update. Unfortunately, the Cupertino company has not announced when we can expect that update.
Apple has detailed the upcoming release of lossless audio for Apple Music in a fresh support document. The AirPods don’t have support for the new tier, but the HomePods will get it in the future. That functionality then arrives via an update. However, it is not yet known how long we will have to wait for this.
Apple HomePod gets lossless audio support
So that’s good news for anyone who has invested in Apple’s smart speakers. Despite the fact that the manufacturer no longer makes the speakers, it is now clear that updates may still appear. Updates that add cool new features, such as support for lossless audio.
In addition, a number of interesting things are shared or mentioned again in the document. For example, the new Apple TV 4K media player only supports the standard lossless audio files when they are available in June. For Hi-Res Lossless you need a USB adapter, from digital to analog.
And the AirPods Max?
There is also talk of the AirPods Max. When you use the headphones with a lightning-to-audio jack cable, the music sounds “fantastic,” according to Apple. However, the quality is not lossless. This is because there is another conversion from analog to digital in the cable.
In addition, it is good to know that you cannot actually redownload your iTunes music library in lossless audio quality. As a subscriber to Apple Music, you can only download from the existing catalog. Initially there are 20 million songs on Music in lossless audio quality. By the end of 2021, that counter will be more than 75 million.