Skip to main content

Apple Music update will add audio quality setting

@HiFiGuy528 bit rate depends on whether you are on WiFi or cellular

MORE: Apple Music review

This update, which has been spotted in the latest iOS 9 beta by Apple Insider, still keeps the level of control to a minimum, however.

For example, there's seemingly no option to set the streaming quality over WiFi, no hint of the streaming bitrate that you're getting, nor any option to set the audio quality to low, medium or high, as is the norm on the likes of Spotify and Tidal.

As it is, we're 99% certain the service is streaming at 256kbps AAC, which we're happy to report delivers pretty decent audio quality compared to its main, non-lossless rival, Spotify.

Apple iOS 9 is expected to be released later this year.

MORE: Apple Music streaming - what you need to know

Joe Cox

Joe is Content Director for Specialist Tech at Future and was previously the Global Editor-in-Chief of What Hi-Fi?. He has worked on What Hi-Fi? across print and online for more than 15 years, writing news, reviews and features. He has covered product launch events across the world, from Apple to Technics, Sony and Samsung, reported from CES, the Bristol Show and Munich High End for many years, and provided comment for sites such as the BBC and the Guardian. In his spare time he enjoys mixing vinyl and cycling.