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Apple Music's incoming Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio features will be available in June on devices running iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4, and tvOS 14.6 or later, according to Apple.

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Apple said thousands of tracks will be available in Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos at no additional cost, with more added regularly. Already available on the AirPods Pro, Apple describes Spatial Audio as an immersive three-dimensional audio format that enables musicians to mix music so it sounds like the instruments are all around you in space.

Apple Music subscribers will be able to listen to Dolby Atmos tracks using any headphones, according to Apple. When listening with AirPods or Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, Dolby Atmos music plays back automatically when available for a song. For other headphones, users can go to Settings > Music > Audio and set Dolby Atmos to Always On.

Users will also be able to hear Dolby Atmos music using the built‑in speakers on a compatible iPhone, iPad, MacBook Pro, or HomePod, or by connecting an Apple TV 4K to a compatible TV or audiovisual receiver.

Apple Music is also getting two tiers of lossless audio at no additional cost, with more than 20 million tracks set to support the feature at launch and 75 million songs available by the end of the year. The standard "Lossless" tier refers to lossless audio up to 48kHz, while "Hi-Res Lossless" refers to lossless audio from 48kHz to 192kHz. "Hi-Res Lossless" will require a digital-to-analog converter, according to Apple.

Users will be able to turn on lossless audio in Settings > Music > Audio Quality.

iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4, and tvOS 14.6 are currently in beta. An exact launch date for the new Apple Music features was not announced.

Article Link: Apple Music Gaining Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio in iOS 14.6, Not All Tracks Supported at Launch
 
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ra4oasis

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I really wonder how many people will be able to tell the difference. Great news none the less, but unless you're trained, or have very high end headphones, I wonder how evident this higher quality will sound.
 

darkcompass

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I really wonder how many people will be able to tell the difference. Great news none the less, but unless you're trained, or have very high end headphones, I wonder how evident this higher quality will sound.
I certainly wont be able to tell the difference, but Im glad it's there at no extra cost, music as it's intended to be heard. I guess the other streaming services will need to follow suit to stay relevant.
 

Rogifan

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I currently listen to Apple music using this (with a USB-A to USB-C adapter). Will I notice a difference?

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bsamcash

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All good news. Unfortunately my AirPods Max will limit me to AAC while listening wirelessly and I refuse to buy Apple’s adapter. So I guess my lossless listening with be done with my m50x.
 

buklauu

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The cost and tiers are interesting. Lossless was expected, jumping into HiFi less so, but no additional cost? Also, if a wired connection is needed for HiFi, it seems a new Apple Bluetooth codec for wirelessly transmitting lossless/HiFi isn't ready yet (if Apple wants wireless everything, they'll need to show it can actually supplant wired and I don't see them paying licensing fees).
 
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Lounge vibes 05

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All good news. Unfortunately my AirPods Max will limit me to AAC while listening wirelessly and I refuse to buy Apple’s adapter. So I guess my lossless listening with be done with my m50x.
Not necessarily.
Lossless can be played over Bluetooth, so I wouldn’t be completely shocked to see Apple enable it with a firmware update.
 

EricNau

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Listening to a playlist and having it cycle between songs that are and are not available in Dolby atmos doesn’t seem like it would be a good listening experience.

I understand they’ll have dedicated Dolby atmos playlists, but this does add a whole new level of complication that I’m not sure is worth it?
 

Wags

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If you are listening to lossless on AirPods or AirPods Pro, forget it: there’s just no way that you’re going to hear any difference. With AirPods Max, they do support Hi-Resolution Lossless – but only when used as wired headphones.
So ideally using a headphone dac is the way to go? Not up to date on offerings but have seen some streaming ones.
 
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