Audiophiles who are subscribed to Apple’s music streaming service, Apple Music, will finally be able to enjoy high-quality, lossless audio soon. This is according to a report from MacRumors, which discovered code in the iOS 14.6 beta referencing new quality options such as “lossless” and “HiFi.” Additional code within the beta also suggests that Apple Music users will be able to switch between standard, compressed, and lossless quality without interruption. According to a separate story from music industry trade publication Hits Daily Double, Apple’s new high-fidelity audio streaming tier will cost $9.99—the same price as its standard plan for individuals.
Spotify has announced plans to include HiFi support for subscribers sometime this year but has yet to announce a specific date. Apple is reportedly preparing to announce the new HiFi tier as soon as a few weeks alongside the release of new third-generation AirPods. The new tier will reportedly cost the same as the current individual Apple Music tier.
Source: MacRumors, Hits Daily Double