Apple Music Format and Bit Rate ?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by augustya, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. augustya macrumors 68000

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    Hi GUys,

    Any idea what format (is it lossless) and what Bit Rate does Apple Music stream its music ?
     
  2. Julien macrumors G3

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    256 Kbps AAC and around 96Kbps AAC over cellular unless you enable 'High Quality on Cellular'.
     
  3. augustya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    is 256 KBPS AAC a lossless sound quality ? or is it compressed? And is AAC a file format?
     
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  5. HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

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    Lol the fact that you have to ask shows that it's not something you should concern yourself with.
     
  6. augustya thread starter macrumors 68000

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    But I am still curious to find out.
     
  7. Tech198 macrumors G4

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    everyone says that as a good argument :D Anyone know what the quality is with "high quality" setting on ?
     
  8. HopefulHumanist macrumors 6502a

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    It's usually a good argument. Like here, the OP asked if 256 kbps AAC was lossless but anyone that knows about lossless knows that lossless doesn't encode to a specific bitrate. The resulting bitrates are always higher than 256, and they're usually 800+ kbps. So I thought it was especially apt here haha.

    To answer your question, it's 256 kbps on "high quality" as Julien said above.
     

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