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Apple today announced that Apple Music will be gaining support for Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos at no additional cost starting in June.

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At launch, Apple Music subscribers will have access to thousands of songs in Spatial Audio from artists like J Balvin, Gustavo Dudamel, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Kacey Musgraves, The Weeknd, and many others. Apple says this feature will provide a "revolutionary, immersive audio experience that enables artists to mix music so the sound comes from all around and from above."

Apple Music subscribers will also be able to listen to more than 75 million songs in Lossless Audio at no additional cost:
Apple Music will also make its catalog of more than 75 million songs available in Lossless Audio. Apple uses ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to preserve every single bit of the original audio file. This means Apple Music subscribers will be able to hear the exact same thing that the artists created in the studio.
Apple says 20 million songs will be available in Lossless Audio at launch, with the full 75 million songs available by the end of the year.

Apple Music's standard Lossless tier will start at "CD quality," which is 16 bit at 44.1 kHz, and goes up to 24 bit at 48 kHz, according to Apple. Apple Music will also offer Hi-Res Lossless up to 24 bit at 192 kHz.


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 the built-in speakers in the latest versions of the iPhone, iPad, and Mac, according to Apple.

Apple Music will be getting new Dolby Atmos tracks constantly and will offer a curated selection of Dolby Atmos playlists, according to Apple. Dolby Atmos albums will have a badge on their detail page for easy discovery.

Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio will be available on iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4, and tvOS 14.6 or later.

Article Link: Apple Music Launching Spatial Audio With Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio in June at No Extra Cost
 
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ruka.snow

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How so - I never use my library and stream songs I haven't bought through AM?

All my music is bought from the iTunes Store, I don't have the desire to subscribe to millions of songs when I only want to listen too the ones I already own. It seems we aren't going to be able to pay Apple to upgrade our existing libraries like we did with 128bit to 256bit.
 
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KAF

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Well no need to ever buy Tidal again lmao. Also looks like I’m switching back to Apple Music for awhile and then see how Spotify’s version is. I just love Spotify so much though damn lmao.
 
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tkermit

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All my music is bought from the iTunes Store, I don't have the desire to subscribe to millions of songs when I only want to listen too the ones I already own. It seems we aren't going to be able to pay Apple to upgrade our existing libraries like we did with 128bit to 256bit.
Depends on whether matched songs will be available as lossless versions.
 
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RedTheReader

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I honestly can’t believe that they’re doing this at the base price, without a higher tier. Add that to the fact that they’re getting it out by June, beating Spotify to the punch. I’m beyond impressed! My thoughts of leaving for Spotify are melting faster than an ice cream cone on a hot summer day in the Mojave. With this in tow, I doubt I’d want to stop using AM even if I went to an Android phone.

Sad to see Luke Miani’s date end up being wrong though. :(
 
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PhillyGuy72

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No "additional cost." Wow..I admit, I didn't expect that.

Well...the additional cost would be the new AirPods, (I have Gen 2) or I may finally give in and get the AirPods Pro.

*Best Buy used to sell 5.1 Surround DTS CDs. I had a promo John Mayer release which was ok. The Eagles "Hell Freezes Over" sounded pretty darn good I thought. If I can get that sound - or better directly in my ears...perfect!
 
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chabig

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Ah it looks like it is only for Apple Music and not for the library you have already bought so pretty irrelevant.
You can redownload your purchased files in high-res.

"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 download. Apple Music’s Lossless tier 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 the true audiophile, Apple Music also offers Hi-Resolution Lossless all the way up to 24 bit at 192 kHz."
 
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