Apple announced Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio support for Apple Music

May 17, 2021, 9:24 PM UTC
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Apple Music Brings Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio

Apple today announced Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio support for Apple Music subscribers which will be coming in June 2021. Spatial Audio creates an immersive audio experience for music lovers with true multidimensional sound and clarity. Also, Apple Music subscribers will enjoy more than 75 million songs in Lossless Audio which is created by artists around the world in their studio.

The best thing about the new Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio support is it doesn’t cost anything for Apple Music subscribers and it will be set to roll out next month.

Apple Music can also play Dolby Atmos tracks by default on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as the built-in speakers in the new iPhone, iPad, and Mac models. Apple Music will also be actively introducing new Dolby Atmos tracks, as well as curating a special collection of Dolby Atmos playlists to help listeners discover their favorite music. Additionally, albums that are Dolby Atmos compatible will have a badge on the information page for easy identification.

Apple Music will also make its catalog of more than 75 million songs available in Lossless Audio. Apple uses ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to preserve every single bit of the original audio file. This means Apple Music subscribers will be able to hear the exact same thing that the artists created in the studio.

To start listening to Lossless Audio, subscribers using the latest version of Apple Music can turn it on in Settings > Music > Audio Quality. Here, subscribers can choose different resolutions for different connections such as cellular, Wi-Fi, or for download. 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.

“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 favorite 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.”

“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.”

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