Rumor: Apple to Announce Third-Generation AirPods and HiFi Apple Music Tier in 'Coming Weeks'

Citing sources within the music industry, Hits Double Daily reports that Apple is preparing to launch a new HiFi Apple Music tier in the "coming weeks," which will come alongside the release of the rumored third-generation AirPods.

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According to the report, the new tier, which will offer high-fidelity music streaming, will cost the same $9.99 monthly subscription as the current individual tier. Spotify, ‌Apple Music‌'s most fierce competitor, has announced that later in 2021, Spotify users will be able to "upgrade their sound quality to Spotify HiFi and listen to their favorite songs the way artists intended."

The report says that an announcement of the new Apple Musc tier and the launch of the third-generation AirPods will take place in the "coming weeks." Apple plans to hold its Worldwide Developers Conference on June 7, and while no hardware was announced at the conference last year, hardware announcements are possible at the software-focused event.

The third-generation AirPods are expected to feature a design that's similar to the design language of the AirPods Pro but lack certain "Pro" features such as Active Noise Cancelation. If the rumor is to be accurate, the new AirPods release comes on the backdrop of a report signaling that Apple is cutting back on AirPods production due to decreasing sales.

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Top Rated Comments

Nimoy Avatar
19 months ago
So they discontinue the Hi-Fi HomePod just before introducing Hi-Fi music streaming? ?
Score: 44 Votes (Like | Disagree)
ipedro Avatar
19 months ago
I thought I read Apple is announcing the iPod HiFi… say what now?
Score: 30 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GermanSuplex Avatar
18 months ago

I have a VERY good amp / speaker home equipment and still a hard time to believe that the normal human ear is able to tell the difference between 256 AAC and lossless - as so many blind tests have proven ...
Studies have proven you right time and again. Anyone can say they “can tell” a difference, but the testing shows most people can’t. It takes the right equipment in the right settings, with the right listener, and even then the numbers of people who can tell a difference are low.
Score: 26 Votes (Like | Disagree)
lars666 Avatar
18 months ago
I have a VERY good amp / speaker home equipment and still a hard time to believe that the normal human ear is able to tell the difference between 256 AAC and lossless - as so many blind tests have proven ...
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
vagos Avatar
19 months ago
Amazing news. I was waiting for this. I hope it'll be FLAC quality.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Dandoodle Avatar
19 months ago
Sounds good, especially if it’s a free upgrade. Expected apple to roll it into Apple one!
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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