Today we learned that Apple’s ultra-premium $ 550 AirPods Max headphones aren’t ready for the new lossless audio catalog coming to Apple Music next month – and they’re not alone. Apple confirms The edge that the HomePod and HomePod mini also do not support lossless audio. (MacRumors confirmed the same with sources earlier this afternoon.)
The good news is that the HomePod and HomePod mini will indeed support the company’s new ones spatial audio experiences, which should provide more immersive audio than a standard stereo or virtual surround mix – we were pretty intrigued trying spatial audio on the AirPods Pro, and it’s coming to Apple Music in a bigger way next month too.
And, says Apple, it’s not like one of these devices can’t play lossless songs in full. They just won’t play them with lossless quality.
Still, it seems like one more reason Apple should really strongly consider holding a fire sale for the original HomePod, which is somehow still available for an increasingly difficult to justify $ 300 months after it officially came out. has been discontinued.