HomePod will support Spatial Audio for Apple Music, but not lossless audio

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What you need to know

  • HomePod will not support lossless audio.
  • It will, however, support Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos.

Earlier today, Apple announced that Apple Music will be adding support for Spatial Audio, Dolby Atmos, and lossless audio in June.

That proceeded to throw everyone into confusion over what AirPods and HomePod products would support the new features. According to a new report from MacRumors, the HomePod will support Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, but it will not support the new lossless audio qualities that are coming soon to the music streaming service.

It is also currently unclear if Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos will work on the HomePod mini.

Apple Music will be gaining support for two new audio formats in June, including Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio, but MacRumors has received confirmation that the HomePod and HomePod mini will not support Lossless Audio.Apple's website does indicate that the HomePod will support Spatial Audio, but it's unclear if this includes the HomePod mini.Spatial Audio, based on Dolby Atmos, is an immersive three-dimensional audio format that enables musicians to mix music so it sounds like the instruments are all around you in space. On the other hand, Lossless Audio refers to audio recordings that have been compressed without any reduction in the overall quality of the audio, which can result in an improved listening experience, although the difference is not always obvious.

It would be especially strange if Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos worked with the HomePod but not the HomePod mini since Apple just discontinued the HomePod.

Apple says that thousands of songs will support Spatial Audio when the feature launches in June but that Apple Music will continuously add songs to the service.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.