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Lossless music, Dolby Atmos may come to Apple HomePod soon – Times of India

September 22, 2021

NEW DELHI: Apple has some good news for HomePod users. The Cupertino-based tech giant has reintroduced lossless support and Dolby Atmos with Spatial Audio support to its smart speakers. Apple introduced Apple Music Lossless and Spatial Audio in May this year, the company then said that the HomePod mini and the HomePod will receive the support later. The company then added lossless support in the beta, but then removed it before the official release of software version 15.
Now an online report suggests that Apple has again added lossless support for the HomePod and HomePod Mini. According to a report by 9to5mac, Apple has once again introduced both the features in the beta version 15.1. It is expected that with the final version both the features will come with Apple smart speakers.
Users who are running HomePod beta software can now enable the feature in the Home app by tapping on Home Settings, Media and Apple Music.
For those unaware, Lossless music includes the audio files that manage to keep the original data when a particular song was composed. A lot of the songs when compressed lose the ‘originality’ — something that Lossless audio files preserve. Apple uses ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to preserve every single bit of the original audio file. This means fans will be able to hear their favourite songs exactly the way the artists created them in the studio.
Spatial Audio, on the other hand, is an immersive sound technology that makes the experience more life-like and better. However, Spatial Audio on Android will work with phones that support Dolby Atmos.

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