Apple Music to Bring Lossless Audio to the Catalog with Dolby Atmos

Apple sets forth its take on Dolby Atmos for Headphones and Sony’s PS5 3D Audio by introducing Spatial Audio and Hi-Res Audio support this June as heed to the rumor of a new “Apple Music Hi-Fi” subscription tier.

Apple sets forth its take on Dolby Atmos for Headphones and Sony’s PS5 3D Audio by introducing Spatial Audio and Hi-Res Audio support this June as heed to the rumor of a new “Apple Music Hi-Fi” subscription tier.

Apple sets forth its take on Dolby Atmos for Headphones and Sony’s PS5 3D Audio by introducing Spatial Audio and Hi-Res Audio support this June as heed to the rumor of a new “Apple Music Hi-Fi” subscription tier. By choice, Apple didn’t approve a new tier rather made the upgrade available for all Apple Music Subscribers at no extra penny being added to the current $9.99 monthly subscription fee. Apple had once posted a teaser on the Apple Music app, undertaking the responsibility to change music forever.

Spatial Audio is designed to deliver sound from everything around and 3D audio via your headphones. The initial phase was restricted to serve who owned AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, but soon people with any headphones with H1 or W1 chip can enjoy Apple H-Fi music at the same fee, as soon as they plug their headphones in. The feature was arrived for movies and TV shows as a part of iOS 14 in September 2020, but will now be expanded to Apple Music in June 2021.

Apple has taken a huge step forward in making Spatial Audio available in general as previously it was restricted to theatres for movies and TV shows. Thousands of tracks will be mastered by Dolby Atmos, making them compatible with Spatial Audio and 3D surround sound format, in return. Apple Music has brought Atmos-mastered Spatial Audio content to a whole new medium available for anyone.

Understanding Apple Spatial Audio

To feed its idea of recreating the audio experience of cinema and serve it on the people’s plate in general, Apple worked to offer a choice of lossless audio formats. Apple Spatial audio extracts 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atoms signals and applies directional audio filters which adjust frequencies in a way that each ear hears in order to keep the sound virtually anywhere in the 3D space. You will experience sound coming from the front, sides, rear, and even above.

With Sony having offered its 360 Reality Audio format for music delivering 3D audio in PS4 games via its Platinum Wireless Headset and going even beyond on 3D audio with its PS5, Apple isn’t the first to test on this type of technology. Dolby Atmos for headphones has been around here for quite some time now.

Though Apple’s spatial audio is unique since it doesn’t offer just virtualized surround and Atmos sound, it goes far beyond with AirPods Pro and AirPods Max, by tracking the movement of your head using accelerometers and gyroscopes, to position the sound accurately. Apart from the head movement tracking, it tracks the position of the iPhone or iPad, the device you’re using to watch on so that the sound is placed relative to the screen. This means even if you tilt your head or reposition your device, the dialogue will still be anchored to the actor on screen.

Get Apple Spatial Audio 

Apple Spatial audio was initially launched as a part of iOS 14 and iPadOS 14 but the newer Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos featured for Apple Music is coming as a part of iOS 14.6 and iPadOS 14.6 later in June this year. Though Dolby Atmos is available to Apple devices launched after 2018 you don’t need Atmos for Spatial Audio. But the two working together will produce the finest musical experiences.

Concerning software, as far as the app supports 5.1, 7.1, or Atmos, it will work with Spatial Audio. The list of such apps includes Vudu, Hulu, HBO Go, and Amazon Prime Video. While Netflix doesn’t support surround audio via iOS devices stereo content can also be converted to spatial audio by allowing stereo spatialization via an Apple plug-in but the Netflix developers seem to have taken time for this.

Spatial Audio is automatically added to your after updating your device and the AirPods Pro/Max. To check, open Settings on your Apple devices, tap on Bluetooth and then tapping on the “i” icon next to your AirPods in the Bluetooth paired/connected devices list. The icon glows green next to Spatial Audio; it has been enabled.

Spatial Audio with Dolby for Apple Music

Apple mentioned offering thousands of Dolby Atmos tracks to the app at the launch, while more being added on a daily basis. Since the spatial audio implementation is sound-only, there’ll be no head tracking which opens up Spatial Audio with Atmos for more devices. You can enjoy streaming Atmos tracks on your Apple TV by connecting Apple Music to an Atmos-capable sound system. If the Music settings on your iPhone or iPad are set to default for the Dolby Atmos option, the tracks will play correctly once you plugin W1 or H1-enabled headphones. This update makes us eager to add Apple Spatial audio to our music streaming experience.

Apple Music to Offer Lossless Streaming 

Apart from adding Spatial Audio to your music listening experience, Apple also offers a choice of Lossless audio formats. A 24-bit/48kHz “CD-quality” streaming is available tips Apple Music to Hi-Fi audio territory while a 16-bit/44.1kHz streaming is also available for the ones who do not wish to use too much data. Enabling either of the two formats is easier with tapping into the settings of the Apple Music app, navigating to “Music”, and then selecting “Audio Quality”. Though Apple hasn’t mentioned when exactly in June the changes will come into effect, it did the upgrades are free adding nothing to its Apple Music’s $9.99 subscription. This is quite a big deal for the audiophiles who wanted to experience Lossless audio streaming as the competing hi-fi tiers, like Deezer and Tidal, cost much more, and Spotify hasn’t even launched its lossless tier yet.

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