Streaming music is a piece of cake nowadays thanks to the abundant number of apps out there. You have Amazon Prime Music, Spotify, YouTube Music, Apple Music among tonnes of other music streaming apps, however, they come with a catch. All these services have compressed files of audio that can really make a lot of difference when compared to a Hi-Res audio file or HiFi songs although a prerequisite is the competent gears to register the change.
Tidal is among the very few music streaming apps that offer HiFi support to iOS devices along with Amazon Prime Music Unlimited and others. Apparently, Apple is also working towards integrated HiFi support to its first-party app Apple Music.
Bits of iOS 14.6 code reveals upcoming HiFi support
According to a report published by 9to5Mac, HiFi content support is probably coming to Apple Music. This comes from a code mentioned on the beta build of iOS 14.6 where terms like “Lossless”, “Dolby Atmos”, “Dolby Audio” are mentioned. Apparently, the snippet of code has been spotted on iOS 14.6 beta 1 only since neither iOS 14.5 nor the new iOS 14.6 Beta 2 has a mention of the same.
Getting HiFi sound support will really improve the music listening experience for audiophiles who could differentiate between an AAC file with 256kbps bitrate consumes just a few megabytes while 5-minutes FLAC song can take as big as 200MB which is exponentially greater in size than the former.
Tidal already offers Hi-Res, Hi-Fi content and soon Spotify will have a HiFi plan too as it has recently announced adding a new tier soon. Along with that, Amazon already has a HiFi tier and this means Apple Music could also get the capability soon although there’s no timeline available associated with its release as of now.
Listening to HiFi songs would definitely make for a great experience for audiophiles although they will have to charge extra for the massively upgraded quality of songs. The usual subscription on any of the music streaming websites is around $9.99/mo and no doubt getting HiFi content support would mean paying a premium to get it. Perhaps the sub-niche of audiophiles who want HiFi content would be excited to get their hands on the update soon.