After earlier teasing it on Apple Music, Apple today officially announced it is bringing Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos and also Lossless Audio to its entire catalogue on Apple Music. The best part of it, Apple says the new features will be available at no additional cost. The company says its subscribers will be able to listen to more than 75 million songs in Lossless Audio.
Spatial Audio with Support for Dolby Atmos creates an immersive listening experience, making it possible to hear music and sound from various corners and angles. Apple says the feature will be available automatically on Apple Music from next month and subscribers will be able to enjoy this listening experience on AirPods and Beats headphones that use the H1 or W1 chip. It will also be possible on built-in speakers in the latest versions of iPhone, IPad and Mac. The company says it will be updating tracks constantly and also curate Dolby Atmos playlists. Albums that support the new feature will also have the Dolby Atmos badge.
“Apple Music will also make its catalog of more than 75 million songs available in Lossless Audio,” the company announced. “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.”
To enjoy Lossless Audio, update the lasts version of the Apple Music app when app rolls out the update in June. Go to Settings > Music > Audio Quality, from there you will be able to choose different resolutions for different connections such as cellular, Wi-Fi, or for download. Lossless Audio begins at CD quality which is 16 bit at 44.1 kHz, and goes up to 24 bit at 48 kHz and is playable natively on Apple devices. The top end Hi-Resolution Lossless goes all the way up to 24 bit at 192 kHz.
Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless Audio is expected to be available with iOS 14.6 in June, iPadOS 14.6 and macOS 11.4.