Confirmed: Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos is coming to Apple Music

May 17, 2021

Coming this June at no additional cost.

Confirming earlier rumours, Apple today has announced that its streaming service Apple Music will soon support Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos for more immersive listening. More than 75 million songs on Apple Music will also support Lossless Audio, available for all subscribers at no extra charge starting next month.

“Apple Music is making its biggest advancement ever in sound quality,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats. “Listening to a song in Dolby Atmos is like magic. The music comes from all around you and sounds incredible. Now we are bringing this truly innovative and immersive experience to our listeners with music from their favourite artists like J Balvin, Gustavo Dudamel, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Kacey Musgraves, The Weeknd, and so many more. Subscribers will also be able to listen to their music in the highest audio quality with Lossless Audio. Apple Music as we know it is about to change forever.”

Dolby Atmos is already supported on most movies on iTunes, but this will be the first time that Spatial Audio will be supported on Apple Music. By default, all tracks played on Apple Music with AirPods or Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip as well as the built-in speakers of the latest iPhone, iPad, and Mac will play in Dolby Atmos.

Apple Music will also be adding special Dolby Atmos tracks and curated playlists to help listeners to find the music they like. Albums that support Dolby Atmos will have a badge on the detail page for easier discovery.

“Today marks the introduction of Dolby Atmos on Apple Music — a new music experience that is transforming how music is created by artists and enjoyed by their fans,” said Kevin Yeaman, Dolby Laboratories’ president and CEO. “We are working with Apple Music to make Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos widely available to all musicians and anyone who loves music.”

For Lossless Audio, Apple Music will be utilizing its own ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to preserve every single bit of the original audio file. Lossless Audio will be supported on the latest version of Apple Music and you would have to turn on how the music quality will be. Apple Music’s Lossless tier starts at CD quality, which is 16 bit at 44.1 kHz (kilohertz), and goes up to 24 bit at 48 kHz and is playable natively on Apple devices. For the true audiophile, Apple Music also offers Hi-Resolution Lossless all the way up to 24 bit at 192 kHz.

You can subscribe to Apple Music starting at 19.99 AED per month.

by Victor Philip Ortiz
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