With Apple Music growing, is high-resolution audio next for iTunes?

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Apple Inc. Developing High-Resolution Apple Music And iTunes Audio For 2016.

Since then the company has been hard at work promoting the new service and inking exclusive deals to make sure that people have an incentive to sign up for the service. Apple is preparing to launch high-resolution audio on its digital music store and Apple Music streaming service, according to Japanese blog Macotakara. The development of high-resolution audio has been at the works at Apple with streaming quality up to 96kHz/24-bit audio, unnamed audio industry sources told the Japanese blog. However, the lightning port with iOS 9 is compatible up to 192kHz/24Bit, but we don’t have any information about the availability of streaming music in this specification.

Apple has already announced the audio specification for its new Lightning connector with companies like JBL and Philips coming out with Lightning port supported headphones. There are reports that many third party audio equipment companies are in the process of manufacturing their own lightning cables with an anticipation of Apple’s upcoming improved sound quality. Clearly Apple will not struggle with trying to get such companies to jump on the bandwagon, and it doesn’t hurt that it owns Beats, which makes some of the most desirable audio products on the market. The headphones developed using Lightning technology is capable of receiving lossless stereo 48KHz digital audio output and sending mono 48KHz digital audio input from Apple devices.

Part of the reason for this was its “Mastered for iTunes” program, where artists and labels would submit remastered music for the digital music service. Under these new specifications, manufacturers could create headphones that could connect to iOS devices via a Lightning cable rather than a regular 3.5mm audio jack which would improve sound quality. There have been rumors that the next-generation iPhone is going to do away with the standard audio plug in favor of the much thinner Lightning port which will double as an audio output.

This will free up more space within the handset and will also provide an edge to the iPhone as compared to its rivals since it will offer higher quality audio playback on a mobile device. Using digital signals over Lightning will allow headphone makers to user to user high quality 24-bit DAC (Digital Analog Conversion) with high end, low noise amplification. While its primary use is for data transfer and charging, the port can also support audio devices and headphones built to Apple’s made-for-iPhone acessory standard, according to 9to5Mac. Philips also released M2L/27 series Fidelio Premium Headphones with an optimized Lightning connector for iOS devices, which has a capability to deliver excellent audio output. The port hasn’t replaced the standard 3.5mm jack just yet, but rumors suggest that Apple could ditch the headphone jack in its next smartphone — the “iPhone 7.”

As you can see manufacturers have already started to design and develop headphones with lightning connectors anticipating enhanced audio output in 2016. In September, it was reported that Apple was recruiting beta-testers for Apple Music on Android and the company launched the service on its rival OS last month.

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