Apple Music has introduced two new features to its streaming service. These include spatial audio with support for Dolby Atmos and lossless audio. The Cupertino-based giant is keeping the prices the same as before, which is good news for audiophiles.
In a statement, Apple Music and Beats VP Olive Schusser said “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.”
Apple announces Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio
Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos gives artists the opportunity to create immersive audio experiences with multidimensional sound and clarity. Apple Music will add new Dolby Atmos tracks frequently and also curate a set of Dolby Atmos playlist. Dolby Atmos tracks will be compatible with automatically played on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chipset. It will also work with the built-in speakers on the latest versions of iPhone, iPad and Mac.
As for lossless audio, Apple Music subscribers will be able to listen to more than 75 million songs with the feature. The Cupertino based brand says that it uses ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to preserve the original audio file, meaning users will be able to exactly hear what artists create in the studio. For this feature, subscribers need to run the latest version of Apple Music and can enable the feature by heading to Settings > Music > Audio Quality. The lossless audio tier starts with 16-bit at 44.1kHz going up to 24-bit 48kHz and is compatible with all Apple devices. Apple is also offering Hi-Res Lossless up to 24-bit at 192kHz for a true audiophile.
Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio will be available on Apple Music from June 2021 at no extra cost. Albums and tracks with the two features will have a badge on the detail page for easy discovery.