Apple has just announced that Apple Music will feature Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio for an even better audio experience in June 2021.
“Apple Music is making its biggest advancement ever in sound quality. 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.”
Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats
Apple Music Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos
Spatial Audio gives artists the opportunity to create immersive audio experiences for their fans with true multidimensional sound and clarity.
Apple Music will automatically play Dolby Atmos tracks by default on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip in addition to the built-in speakers in the latest versions of iPhone, iPad, and Mac.
It will be constant adding new Dolby Atmos tracks and will be curating a special set of Dolby Atmos playlists to help you find the music you love. Albums that are available in Dolby Atmos will have a badge to make it easier for discovery.
At launch, thousands of songs will feature Spatial Audio from different genres like hip-hop, country, Latin, pop, and classical. The company is working with artists and labels to add new releases and the best catalog tracks.
Apple Music and Dolby are making it easy for musicians, producers, and mix engineers to create songs in Dolby Atmos. Initiatives include doubling the number of Dolby-enabled studios in major markets, educational programs, and providing resources to independent artists.
Apple Music Lossless Audio
In addition, the service will 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.
To activate Lossless Audio, you’ll need the latest version of Apple Music and then activate it in Settings > Music > Audio Quality. Apple Music’s Lossless tier starts at CD quality at 16 bit at 44.1kHz and goes up to 24 bit at 48kHz. In addition, it also has Hi-Resolution Lossless that goes up to 24 bit at 192kHz.
Both Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio features will be available for Apple Music subscribers at no additional cost.