Apple Music Launches Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, Lossless Audio [Update]

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Apple has launched Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos support on Apple Music, after announcing it last month.

Spatial Audio provides an immersive audio experience, says Apple, and Apple Music customers will soon get to also listen to tracks in Lossless Audio soon (update: now available). Apple says thousands of tracks will support Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos at launch today.

You can see the new featured Spatial Audio sections in the Apple Music app across your devices as of writing:

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“Among the first songs I listened to were Lady Gaga’s “Rain on Me” and Kanye West’s “Black Skinhead.” It was hard to put into words because I’ve spent my whole life in a two-channel environment; I was born into stereo. It dawned on me that there are a lot of artists in the past and present who would have loved to be able to lean in with this kind of technology — to make their songs come to life, make them bigger, and just take them to levels no one had even thought of yet,” said Apple Music’s Zane Lowe on Tuesday morning.

“But they only had two stereo channels to play with. Now they can go beyond that. So, to be able to hear parts of these songs coming from behind and around me? I was like, “I’m all in. I get it.” TV got HD — now music gets Spatial,” added Lowe.

To listen to Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos in Apple Music on iPhone or iPad with iOS 14.6, you’ll need:

  • AirPods Pro or AirPods Max
  • AirPods
  • BeatsX, Beats Solo3 Wireless, Beats Studio3, Powerbeats3 Wireless, Beats Flex, Powerbeats Pro, or Beats Solo Pro
  • The built-in speakers on an iPhone XR or later (except iPhone SE), iPad Pro 12.9-inch (3rd generation or later), iPad Pro 11-inch, iPad (6th generation or later), iPad Air (3rd generation or later), or iPad mini (5th generation)

Go to Settings > Music > Audio > Dolby Atmos and then select Automatic or Always On (or off).

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