Apple’s New Lossless Music Offers Only a Subtle Upgrade

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Apple’s New Lossless Music Offers Only a Subtle Upgrade

I’ve been listening to Apple’s lossless music format for a few weeks, and it offers better sound quality, but the difference isn’t obvious. 

Apple announced recently that Apple Music subscribers would be able to listen to music with lossless audio. The new feature is available for Apple Music subscribers starting this month at no additional cost. At launch, 20 million songs support lossless quality, and Apple says it will support all songs on ‌Apple Music‌ by the end of the year.

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Some audio geeks lament the current state of audio formats in which files are compressed to make them smaller. However, with its move to lossless, Apple uses the ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) that lets it make compact file sizes, supposedly without impacting the quality of the original audio recording.

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