How to enable Apple Music lossless audio and make it work?
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(Pocket-lint) – Lossless Audio delivers much better sound quality in Apple Music. Members can listen to songs in better than CD quality, at 24-bit 48kHz or higher.
However, there are a few hurdles you need to overcome to benefit from it. And you’ll need the right equipment.
So here’s how to get lossless audio working in Apple Music on your iPhone, iPad, Mac or Apple TV.
How to enable Apple Music Lossless Audio feature on iPhone and iPad?
Although millions of titles are now available in Lossless Audio format, you do not have access to them automatically. The Lossless Audio option is disabled by default (to save storage and/or data).
We explain how to activate it and adjust the quality settings. We used an iPhone 12 Pro Max but the same steps should work on your iPhone and/or iPad running iOS 14.6 / iPadOS 14.6 or higher.
First, go to Settings on your iOS or iPadOS device. Scroll down to Music, tap it, then scroll down to Audio Quality and tap it as well.
On the audio quality settings page, you will see that Lossless Audio is disabled by default. You need to tap the slider to activate it.
This will unlock the different quality modes for lossless audio. You can change them individually, depending on whether you want to save data or storage space.
Each of the streaming/download menus offers the same quality settings. Unless you have a separate USB DAC (digital to audio converter), you’ll want to choose Lossless mode.
Note: Apple provides rough estimates of file sizes for each format. Unless you have an unlimited data plan, you might not want to stream a 36MB Lossless Audio file per audio track, which is more than five times the size of a standard file. (high quality). In this case, it is better to choose only the Lossless format for downloads and download all the music you want to listen to when you are on Wi-Fi at home.
Once you’ve made your Apple Music settings, you’ll need to re-download any albums already stored on your iPhone or iPad, whether or not the downloaded version has a Lossless symbol under the album art.
Tap the checkmark icon at the top right of the album page on Apple Music to start the process.
A pop-up window will ask if you want to delete downloads, tap on that option.
Now tap on the arrow icon in the upper right corner to get the new version Lossless Audio.
Once downloaded you will have the Lossless Audio tracks stored on your iPhone or iPad. All you need is the right kit to listen to them.
How to listen to Lossless Audio on Apple Music?
Sady, you can’t listen to Lossless Audio with wireless headphones, not even Apple AirPods or AirPods Max.
So you’ll need wired headphones and Apple’s Lightning to 3.5mm jack adapter (or USB-C equivalent on an iPad Pro).
You also need to make sure your headphones are capable of outputting 24-bit 44.1kHz or 48kHz – lossless audio, basically.
If so, plug them into the adapter and you should hear the benefits.
Unfortunately, you cannot listen to Apple’s 24-bit 192kHz lossless Hi-Res Audio through the Apple Adapter. You will need a dedicated third party DAC for this. It’s a device that sits between your iPhone and headphones and processes audio independently. They are often quite expensive and you will need an additional Lightning to USB cable (A or C depending on the device).
How to Enable Apple Music Lossless Audio on Apple TV or Mac
You can also listen to lossless audio on an Apple TV or Mac.
On a Mac running macOS 11.4 or higher, you need to click Music > Preferences in the menu bar when running the Apple Music app. Click the Playback tab, then enable the Lossless option under Audio Quality. You can also choose the quality here, but you will also need an external DAC for Hi-Res Lossless.
Plus, lossless audio can only be heard through a Mac’s wired connection – to headphones, an AV receiver, or speakers.
On an Apple TV 4K running tvOS 14.6 or higher, you need to go to Settings > Music and select Audio Quality. Select Lossless Audio.
This only works when the Apple TV 4K is connected to an AV receiver. Only Apple TV 4K can play Lossless Audio. Hi-Res Lossless is not yet available on Apple TV.
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Written by Rik Henderson.