“Apple Music is making its biggest breakthrough in sound quality ever,” said Oliver Schusser, vice president of Apple Music and Beats. “Listening to a song in Dolby Atmos is like magic. Music comes from all around you and sounds amazing. We are now bringing this truly innovative and immersive experience to our listeners with music from their favorite artists like J Balvin, Gustavo Dudamel, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Kacey Musgraves, The Weeknd and many more. Subscribers will also be able to listen to their music in the best audio quality with Lossless Audio. Apple Music as we know it is about to change forever. “
Spatial audio with Dolby Atmos support
Apple brings Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos support to Apple Music. Dolby Atmos is a revolutionary and immersive audio experience that allows artists to mix music so that sound comes from everywhere and from above. By default, Apple Music will automatically play Dolby Atmos tracks on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as built-in speakers on the latest versions of iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Apple Music will constantly be adding new Dolby Atmos tracks and hosting a special set of Dolby Atmos playlists to help listeners find the music they love. Additionally, albums available in Dolby Atmos will have a badge on the detail page for easy discovery.
At launch, subscribers can enjoy thousands of songs in Spatial Audio from some of the world’s greatest artists and music across all genres, including hip-hop, country, Latin, pop and classical. Apple Music is working with artists and labels to add new releases and best catalog tracks, as more artists begin to create music specifically for the Spatial Audio experience. Together, Apple Music and Dolby make it easy for musicians, producers, and mixing engineers to create songs in Dolby Atmos. Initiatives include doubling the number of Dolby-compatible studios in major markets, offering educational programming and providing resources to independent artists.
“Today marks the introduction of Dolby Atmos on Apple Music – a new music experience that transforms the way music is created by artists and enjoyed by their fans,” said Kevin Yeaman, President and CEO of Dolby Laboratories . “We are working with Apple Music to make Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos widely available to all musicians and music lovers.”
J. Balvin said, “I’m really excited to be a part of this project with Apple Music because I always want to be one step ahead and I think that’s one of those steps. With Lossless, everything in the music will sound bigger and louder, but more importantly, it will be of better quality. Hearing myself and my music in Dolby Atmos for the first time, it was just crazy, it blew me away, it’s indescribable. I think the fans will really love this new experience. “
Gustavo Dudamel said: “There are no words to describe the immersive and overwhelming experience of being a conductor, leading a performance of Mahler’s imposing ‘Symphony of a Thousand’. But now technology is advancing to bring this experience closer to our ears, minds, and souls. Share with me this monumental live performance with my beloved Los Angeles Philharmonic, first remastered with Dolby Atmos audio technology on Apple Music alongside my collection of Deutsche Grammophon recordings featuring the LA Phil, in rich 3D sound and remarkable. “
Grammy Award-winning producer, songwriter and songwriter Giles Martin said: “Since the beginning of recording, artists, producers and engineers have tried to paint images with sound, transporting listeners to worlds they never knew existed, even when the sound came from. only one speaker. Now, with the dawn of immersive audio, we can take the music lover inside the music. From the feeling of hearing your favorite artist in the same room as you, to the experience of sitting directly in the middle of a symphony orchestra, the listening experience is transformative and the possibilities for the creator are endless. It’s a leap forward in technology – so far I’ve had the pleasure of mixing some of the greatest artists in history into Dolby Atmos. With this work, I found myself falling into albums that I love. There is a unique experience of being able to fully immerse myself in music that, although familiar, suddenly sounds new, fresh and immediate. As a creator, it is more than exciting that we can now share this amazing experience through Apple Music. “
Mixer 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. “
Apple Music will also make its catalog of over 75 million songs available in Lossless Audio. Apple uses ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to preserve every bit of the original audio file. This means that Apple Music subscribers will be able to hear the exact same thing as studio-created artists.
To start listening to Lossless Audio, subscribers using the latest version of Apple Music can turn it on in Settings> Music> Audio Quality. Here they can choose different resolutions for different connections such as cellular, Wi-Fi or for downloading. Apple Music’s Lossless level starts at CD quality, which is 16-bit at 44.1 kHz (kilohertz), and goes up to 24-bit at 48 kHz and is playable natively on Apple devices. For true audiophiles, Apple Music also offers high lossless resolution up to 24-bit at 192kHz.1
Producer Piper Payne said, “The soul and life of the mix is in the extra bits of data stored in the lossless file. As a mastering engineer, having the ability to convey music to the listener in its highest quality is the end goal of what I work for every day.