In May, Apple announced it was bringing lossless audio and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos at no extra cost to Apple Music. Apple is now rolling out the new features to Apple Music subscribers.
Apple Music subscribers can enjoy Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos on all AirPods and Beats earbuds and headphones that use the H1 or W1 chip. Users can also enjoy the experience on built-in speakers on the latest versions (iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6 and macOS 11.4) of the iPhone, iPad and Mac. With Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos, Apple Music listeners will enjoy an immersive audio experience and be able to hear sound from various corners and angles.
Lossless audio can be enjoyed on the iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV 4K. Apple has also confirmed the HomePod and the HomePod mini will be able to output lossless audio via a future software update. To enjoy lossless audio, update to the latest version of Apple Music and go to Settings > Music > Audio Quality to turn on the feature. Lossless audio consumes a significant amount of data since songs are downloaded in original quality.
Apple says it will make it easy to find Dolby Atmos content by adding curated playlists and special badges. While it didn’t give an exact figure of songs that will support the feature, Apple says subscribers will be able to enjoy “thousands of songs” in Spatial Audio.
Apple is partnering with Dolby at a host of artists, producers and engineers including J Balvin and Gustavo Dudamel to make this happen.