Apple Music Lossless Is Worth Celebrating But It Is Also Chaos
HWM Singapore|July 2021
Apple Music lossless is here, and for audiophiles and discerning listeners that can only be good news.However, there’s still work to be done.
Kenny Yeo

But first, Apple must be commended and congratulated on this move. Commended because lossless audio means we hear the music as the artist intended with no loss in music data – and this comes at no extra cost! And congratulated because they beat rivals Spotify to the punch. Spotify announced in February earlier this year that they would offer lossless streaming, but at the time of writing, no dates have been announced and pricing has yet to be confirmed.

However, getting lossless audio to play on Apple devices now is a bit of a mess. To begin, none of the AirPods (not even the flagship AirPods Max) support lossless audio because they all rely on Bluetooth, which can’t stream lossless audio. This makes it difficult for owners of newer iPhones and iPads to enjoy Apple Music Lossless because these devices don’t have headphone jacks. And this means you either have to play on the devices’ built-in speakers or resort to an adapter and an external DAC (like the AudioQuest DragonFly).

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