Apple HomePod, HomePod mini Get Support for Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio Through Beta Update

If you’re running both iOS 15 and HomePod 15 beta 5, you may see toggles to activate the features on Apple Music.

Apple HomePod, HomePod mini Get Support for Apple Music Lossless, Spatial Audio Through Beta Update

Apple HomePod mini is priced at Rs. 9,900 in India

Highlights
  • Apple Music rolled out support for Lossless and Spatial Audio recently
  • For now, it’s widely supported on iOS, Android, and MacOS
  • The latest beta update for HomePod expands the features’ availability

Apple HomePod and HomePod mini now support Apple Music Lossless Audio and Spatial Audio through the HomePod 15 beta 5 update. Users with either of the HomePod devices and on the latest beta software path on both HomePod as well as iOS will be able to activate the high-resolution audio streaming tiers on Apple Music, as well as listen to tracks in Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos. The features will likely roll out for all HomePod and iOS users in the coming months.

Both HomePod products, including the larger HomePod and smaller HomePod mini, will support the feature. Users with the correct software version will have to activate the features through the settings in the Home app on iOS. It's worth mentioning here that not all users on the beta software path will be able to see the updates yet, according a report by 9to5Mac.

Although Apple Music requires a wired connection to properly transmit the data for high-resolution audio streaming on smartphones, tablets, and computers because of the limitations of Bluetooth headphones and earphones, the HomePod range uses Wi-Fi — and its better data transfer capabilities to receive and decode the data to play back. Therefore, HomePod users will likely hear the improvement in sound quality with Lossless audio since the device directly streams using its own connection to the Internet.

Apple Music price starts at Rs. 99 per month for individual subscription plans in India, and offers all users on iOS, Android, and MacOS access to Lossless and High-Resolution Lossless streaming, as well as support for Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos. The HomePod range works exclusively with Apple Music to stream music directly, once linked with your Apple account and subscription. With support rolling out for the high-resolution streaming tiers and Spatial Audio, users on the HomePod and HomePod mini will be able to enjoy better sound quality when streaming music over Apple Music.


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Model HomePod
Color Space Gray, White
Power Requirement 100V to 240V AC
Touch Pad Yes
Network connectivity Bluetooth v5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac
Display included No
  • Design
  • Smart Features
  • Audio Quality
  • Value For Money
  • Good
  • Looks great

  • Clean, detailed sound

  • Excellent soundstage

  • Works very well within the Apple ecosystem
  • Bad
  • Some connectivity issues with stereo pairing

  • Limited smart capabilities
Model HomePod mini
Touch Pad Yes
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Ali Pardiwala writes about audio and video devices for Gadgets 360 out of Mumbai, and has covered the industry for a decade now. Ali is a Senior Reviewer for Gadgets 360, where he has regularly written about televisions, home entertainment, and mobile gaming as well. He is a firm believer in 4K and HDR on televisions, and believes that true wireless earphones are the future of the personal audio industry. Ali is available on Twitter as @AliusPardius and on email at alip@ndtv.com, so do send in ...More
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