Apple Music announces Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos; will bring Lossless Audio to the entire catalog.
In a word, Apple today announced Apple Music is bringing industry-leading sound quality to subscribers with the addition of Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos.
Above all, Spatial Audio allows artists to create immersive audio experiences for their fans with true multidimensional sound and clarity. These new features will be available for Apple Music subscribers starting next month at no additional cost.
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Apple Music is getting support for lossless audio, and the feature will be made available to all existing subscribers starting June 2021 at no extra cost. Apple is also adding support for spatial audio with Dolby Atmos. This will also roll out in June.
“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. We bring 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.”
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Spatial Audio with Support for Dolby Atmos For Lossless Audio
Also, with spatial audio support for Dolby Atmos, Apple Music will automatically play songs, Dolby Atmos-supported on all AirPods and Beats headphones that come with nan H1 W1 chip. For the latest iPhone, iPad and MacBooks, Apple Music will rely on the built-in speaker to give the spatial audio experience. Spatial audio ensures a 3D effect when a user is listening to music.
Apple says it will add new Dolby Atmos tracks constantly. It will also curate a special set of Dolby Atmos playlists for listeners. Albums that are available in Dolby Atmos will have a badge on the detail page for easy discovery.
Firstly, Apple Music is adding lossless audio support for its entire catalog of 75 million songs. It will use its own ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to preserve every bit of the original audio file. Secondly, Lossless audio means that Apple Music subscribers will hear the same thing that the artists created in the studio. There’s no drop in audio quality at all.
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Apple will offer this feature in different resolutions, and users will be able to choose to depend on connectivity options as well, whether they are on cellular or WiFi. Lossless audio will also require more space when downloaded and consume more internet data when being streamed.
Apple Music’s Lossless tier starts at CD quality, 16 bit at 44.1 kHz (kilohertz). It will go up to 24 bit at 48 kHz and is playable natively on Apple devices. Apple Music also offers Hi-Resolution Lossless all the way up to 24 bit at 192 kHz.
To start listening to Lossless audio, subscribers using the latest version of Apple Music can turn it on in Settings > Music > Audio Quality. Here, you can choose different resolutions base on either cellular or Wi-Fi or for download.