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When you look at the Apple Music app, various symbols and terms have been showing up in the album and title views for some time, which are intended to explain the audio quality in more detail. However, if you haven't read up on the topic yet, the individual images and word combinations won't do much. That's why I'm explaining them to you here on the blog. Among the terms you use in music App finds are: Lossless, Hi-Res Lossless, and Dolby Atmos Apple DigitalMaster. But what does "Apple Digital Master" mean when listening to the content of the Apple Music subscription? Find out below!
If you tap on the corresponding symbol under iOS on the iPhone or under iPadOS on the iPad, you will see a small explanatory text. This already gives a first insight: Apple Digital Masters start at 24-bit files and are optimized to produce the best possible sound on Apple products. This should enable iPhone, iPad, Mac, HomePod and other Apple devices to enjoy a sound experience that is in no way inferior to the master versions of the individual titles. Every bit should count. Songs and albums labeled Apple Digital Master are specially created by sound engineers for Apple Music.
As you can see in the screenshot above, in addition to confirming the info window (OK), you will also be presented with the option to display "More info". If you tap on it, you will get to the Apple Digital Master website. The music app may redirect you to the English version of the page. But there is also a German version: View here. For the users of Apple devices and subscribers to the Apple Music subscription, however, only the introduction is actually of interest. The further information is aimed at musicians and studios who want to use the Apple tools to submit their music in the best quality.
On the page linked above there is also a reference to the lossless and hi-res lossless versions of songs and albums. This is the lossless audio compression with the Advanced Audio Codec (AAC) or with the Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC). The latter not only achieves the fast transmission of 24-bit audio, but also 192 Hz for the widest possible frequency range. Of course, this high quality can only be heard with the devices, headphones and loudspeakers designed for this purpose. More information can be found in this post: Apple Music - What is Lossless / Hi-Res Lossless?
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.