Last month Apple Music announced that it was adding both Lossless Audio and Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos, all bundled in free of charge with its monthly streaming subscription. Now, the two formats, which the company describes as “the next generation of sound” have been officially rolled out.
Grammy-winning mixing engineer Manny Marroquin said: “Spatial Audio gives music a new identity. Every time I mix in Atmos it gives me goosebumps. The future has arrived.”
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Spatial Audio delivers a surround sound experience to the listener, so that it sounds as if the different parts of the music are coming from all directions around you. Apple Music will also make its catalog of more than 75 million songs available in Lossless Audio. This means Apple Music subscribers will be able to hear the exact same thing that the artists created in the studio.
Spatial Audio is available to anyone with the latest iOS, iPadOS, and macOS updates. The company also plans to double the number of Dolby-enabled studios in major markets, and to offer educational programs and resources for independent artists.
Check out how to hear spatial audio and lossless audio in Apple Music below.