Nowadays many streaming services online offer 320Kbps bitrate. Some even provide an accurate digital sound of 16 bit depth or 24 bit depth. So, what Apple Music bitrate is?
Apple Music seems an exception. It has only 256Kbps bitrate. That is a bit lower than the mainstream music platforms in the market. Does it mean that Apple Music falls behind music quality?
Today, I would like to share more details about the Apple Music bitrate and how to improve Apple Music sound quality.
Part 1. Apple Music Streaming Quality: More Infos
If you are a music fan, you should have already heard about the words like "lossless", "lossy", "bitrate" etc. But do you know exactly what they mean? Is there a big quality difference between low bitrate and high bitrate songs?
Generally speaking, "bitrate" refers to the amount of data that is processed over a certain amount of time. In the audio industry, this is known as kilobits per second.
"Lossless" means there is no data lost during encoding. The original waveform file from CD is thought of as "lossless" and it has a large size. To make it easier for distribution, some lossy formats MP3, AAC, OGG are introduced for online streaming.
Apart from the bitrate, there are many factors affect the quality, such as sample rate, codec, format. Apple Music is encoded in AAC codec which has better quality compared to the same bitrate files in MP3, OGG, and others.
Besides, the listening experience has pretty much to do with the playback devices. Personally, I found Apple Music plays more smoothly and the melody is even more natural.
Part 2. How to Change Apple Music Quality Settings on Mac
Apple Music is in AAC format with 256Kbps. But you can use a third-party music converter to transcode the bitrate and get Apple Music 320Kbps songs.
DRmare Audio Converter is designed to convert Apple Music download quality. It fully supports tracks from Apple Music/iTunes, and even audiobooks from Apple Books/Audible. It combines the features to change the apple music sample rate, codec, format and adjust the parameters in an easy-to-use interface.
DRmare Audio Converter
- User friendly interface and useful features, get your job done easily and quickly
- Convert Apple Music M4P to MP3, AAC, M4A, FLAC, WAV for different devices
- Edit Apple Music bit rate, sample rate, codec, channel and so on
- 100% lossless output quality, 30X faster speed which save you a lot of troubles
Step 1. Import your downloaded 256Kbps bitrate M4P songs to the DRmare software main screen.
Step 2. In the Settings, choose the Apple Music kbps to 320Kbps, sample rate to 48000Hz and set output format as MP3. If you want a lossless format, you need to choose "FLAC" or "WAV".
Step 3. Click the "Convert" button to convert Apple Music to the higher quality songs.
Part 3. Change Apple Music Streaming Bitrate on iPhone/Android
Some users may find that Apple Music may stutter if they are using cellular data instead of Wifi on their mobile phones. Well, this is because Apple Music will automatically reduce the bitrate on mobile phones when using cellular data. Is there a way to change it?
Apple Music doesn't allow to change the bit rate of 256Kbps on computers with iTunes, but it does offer an option to change the settings on mobile phones. Please follow the tips:
1. For iOS devices, tap "Music" > "Mobile Data". Then switch the toggle buttons "Use Cellular Data", "High Quality on Cellular" on.
2. For Android users, tap the top left menu > "Settings", find and enable the "high quality streaming option" under "Playback".