Apple Music subscribers can now listen to Dolby Atmos spatial audio
"Apple Music subscribers may now hear Dolby Atmos spatial audio and lossless tracks for free"
Apple Songs now provides free access to music in Dolby Atmos and lossless quality.
Apple announced support for spatial audio during the Apple Music Spatial Audio event, bringing the Dolby Atmos music standard and high-resolution lossless music to Apple Music. The best aspect is that Apple Music members do not have to pay anything more to enjoy the high-quality music standards. Dolby Atmos is now accessible in a large catalog of titles from various artists and genres, according to Apple, and lossless music is now available in several of them.
Spatial Audio will provide depth to music by allowing for the placement of an instrument in a chorus and immersive 3D sound.
Apple Music will feature Dolby Atmos-tuned music on AirPods and Beats headphones equipped with the W1 or H1 chipset. However, according to the firm, certain alternative headphones are also compatible. In terms of lossless audio, Apple provides customers with both CD quality and high-resolution lossless quality standards, but the latter would necessitate the use of an external DAC for compatibility with headphones and earbuds. And because these two audio qualities are not enabled by default, you will be listening to the normal AAC format.
According to Apple, there are over 20 million songs available in lossless quality, which spans a wide spectrum of genres.
Apple, on the other hand, hopes to provide lossless quality to its entire repertoire of over 75 million songs by the end of 2021. Apple has even created playlists with thumbnails informing Apple Music users about the new lossless format. However, the collection of music with spatial audio support is smaller than that of lossless music, but Apple is promoting Dolby Atmos tracks from some of the most well-known artists, bands, and labels. Apple Music will gradually add more tunes with Dolby Atmos support.
Apple Music is the only place where you can listen to lossless music. This means you can stream and download it, but you'll need to adjust the audio quality settings.
The usual lossless quality music will be playable on iPhone, iPad, Mac, and Apple TV 4K. However, for high-resolution lossless quality music, you will need an additional DAC, which, while pricey, will delight audiophiles.
Apple Music's new lossless music competes with Amazon Music HD, which also streams CD-quality music. Amazon reduced the price of Amazon Music HD to $9.99 per month shortly after Apple announced lossless music last month. Meanwhile, Spotify has stated that it would introduce Hi-Res lossless music quality later this year.
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