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Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio coming to Apple Music in June

By Cookie Monster - on 17 May 2021, 10:21pm

Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio coming to Apple Music in June

Image source: Apple

As rumoured, Apple just announced two new features for its music streaming service. 

The first feature is Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos. 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 iPhone, iPad and Mac models.

Albums that are available in Dolby Atmos will have a badge on the detail page. New Dolby Atmos songs will be added regularly and there will be a special set of curated Dolby Atmos playlists. 

Apple states that there will be thousands of songs in Spatial Audio from the biggest artists and music across different genres at launch. It will be working with more artists and labels to create music specifically for the Spatial Audio experience. 

The second feature is Lossless Audio which will preserve every single bit of the original audio file so that Apple Music users hear the exact same thing that artists created in the studio. Lossless Audio can be turned on in the latest version of Apple Music via Settings > Music > Audio Quality. 

Apple Music's Lossless tier starts at CD quality (16 bit at 44.1 kHz) and goes up to 24 bit at 48 kHz. It is playable natively on Apple devices. Audiophiles can enjoy Hi-Resolution Lossless up to 24 bit at 192 kHz with external equipment such as a USB digital-to-analog converter. 

Spatial Audio was introduced on the AirPods Pro with iOS 14 and a firmware update in September 2020. We compiled a list of apps that support the Spatial Audio feature on the AirPods Max and AirPods Pro for your reference.

Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio will be available in June at no extra cost for Apple Music users.

Source: Apple

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