Can Homepod Mini Play Lossless?

HomePod mini is a smart, Sonos-like speaker with music streaming services like Apple Music and AirPlay 2. It has a high price for the efficiency in which it delivers. But can HomePod mini play lossless? Yes, it supports Lossless audio that audiophiles love so much.

The Apple HomePod mini is a good speaker with impressive sound quality. But you can do more with it than just listening to your favorite tunes. You can set it to play lossless audio files and enjoy very high-quality sound even at low volume levels. In the past, playing lossless audio (like FLACs) was only possible with wired headphones. 

Which apps can I stream Lossless with HomePod Mini? 

By default, Apple Music, TuneIn, and podcasts are supported by HomePod mini. If the app maker specifically enables it, you can use a third-party streaming service like Spotify or Pandora with AirPlay 2 and lossless audio support on HomePod mini speakers.

How do you activate Lossless on HomePod mini if you want to play music files with a bitrate higher than 256kbps? 

Apple Lossless Audio Codec (ALAC)” is a format of compressed audio defined by Apple Inc., which is compressed in FLAC format. It can reduce the file size without losing any data while maintaining the same quality. 

When you listen to lossless music on HomePod mini with Apple AirPlay 2, the file is decoded by the speaker at 256kbps. If you want to enjoy music of higher quality on HomePod mini, or if you still want to play music with a bitrate higher than 256kbps, you will need to convert them into ALAC format.

You can play “Apple Lossless” on Apple Music, iTunes Store, and HomePod. If you have one of these devices, you can listen to high-quality audio without compromises.

Can HomePod mini play lossless in original formats?

Yes, it definitely can. In case you do not want to compress audio files to FLAC format, please use their original lossless formats such as WAV, AIFF, and Apple Lossless (ALAC). Please note that not all devices support these formats.

What is lossless music streaming

Music streaming has been around in various formats for several years now, but it wasn’t until the end of 2015 that “lossless” services were introduced. The introduction of high-quality download services came about due to advances in internet speeds and data caps along with the continued development of streaming technology.

Lossless music streaming refers to the practice of delivering audio files that exhibit no loss in quality, such as MP3, AAC, or WAV. The term “lossless” is a bit misleading as all compression schemes lose data in the compression process, but it is a good way to differentiate from other formats which acceptably reduce audio quality.

Lossless audio, sometimes called lossless digital audio or digital lossless, is an audio storage medium that uses lossless data compression. Lossless audio formats such as FLAC and Apple Lossless compress audio data without discarding information, enabling a non-degraded representation of the source. This allows lower bitrates to be used to achieve an equivalent audio quality to lossy formats such as MP3.

Lastly, you should know that there’s a difference between lossless music streaming and the regular music that you enjoy on your smartphone. The way data is streamed to the speaker varies. The difference can impact the clarity of the music which most audiophiles can detect easily. 

Is lossless music streaming dead? 

No, lossless formats are not dead and never will be. They are alive and healthy. They are here to stay. Lossless music streaming services such as Deezer HiFi, Tidal HiFi, DSD, etc. are still operational and will remain that way for years to come. The lossless (ultra) format is commonly used for online music streaming by audiophiles.

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