Apple Music is bringing the next generation of sound through Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos for free

Apple Music is bringing the next generation of sound through Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos for free

Now you can experience the power of multidimensional sound and clarity with Apple Music.

Apple has announced that it is bringing industry-leading sound quality to all Apple Music subscribers as they introduce Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos at no additional cost this June. 

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Apple Music subscribers will get to dive into an immersive audio experience as they listen to over 75 million songs in Lossless Audio, the way the artists created them in the studio.

“Apple Music is making its biggest advancement ever in sound quality,” Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats, shares in a statement. “Listening to a song in Dolby Atmos is like magic. The music comes from all around you and sounds incredible."

According to a press release, Dolby Atmos is a revolutionary, immersive audio experience that enables artists to mix music so the sound comes from all around and from above. By default, Apple Music will automatically play Dolby Atmos tracks on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as the built-in speakers in the latest versions of iPhone, iPad, and Mac.

“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,” Kevin Yeaman, Dolby Laboratories’ president and CEO, says in a statement. “We are working with Apple Music to make Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos widely available to all musicians and anyone who loves music.”

Apple Music 1's Zane Lowe shares in a statement, "[To] be able to hear parts of these songs coming from behind and around me? I was like, 'I’m all in. I get it.' TV got HD — now music gets Spatial." He also talks about how artists can now go beyond the limitations of stereo for an surround sound experience. 

"What I immediately thought was, 'How are artists going to use this? How is Lil Baby going to use this? How are Olivia Rodrigo or Peggy Gou going to use this? How is Frank Ocean going to use this? Are they going to start creating music with the idea of a three-dimensional environment, as opposed to this two-channel environment?' He asks with enthusiasm. "I’m fascinated to know how I might be emotionally moved by my favourite songs in a different way with Spatial Audio."

To access Lossless Audio on Apple Music, subscribers should have the latest version of the app and turn it on via Settings > Music > Audio Quality. 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.

Experience the difference from mono, stereo, to spatial below.


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