During WWDC 2021 keynote, Apple announced the launch of Apple Music Spatial Audio for all iOS users. The feature was initially announced in May, and now the wait is finally over. The company initially introduced Spatial Audio for AirPods Pro last year.
Spatial Audio is designed to bring height and rear effects to video calls, music, and specially remixed music. It uses the headphones’ accelerometer for head tracking so onscreen audio stays in place when users move their heads.
Apple launches Apple Music Spatial Audio feature for all users
The tech giant reported that thousands of songs will offer Dolby Atmos support at the time of launch with artists including Maroon 5, The Weeknd, and Ariana Grande participating. Users will be able to hear the music in a simulated 3D audio space, providing more depth and intensity to audio that adjusts when they move their heads.
We recently announced spatial audio for Apple Music, with the incredible mutli-dimensional sound experience of Dolby Atmos, and we’re excited that it’s available starting today. With albums from some of your favorite artists like Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, J Balvin, and Kacey Musgraves.
Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats said in a statement, “listening to a song in Dolby Atmos is like magic. The music comes from all around you and sounds incredible.” Songs mixed in Dolby Atmos can support Spatial Audio but not every Apple Music track supports the feature.
Last month the company also committed itself to let Apple Music subscribers listen to songs in lossless audio. The feature is supposed to be revealed sometime in June, maybe in the coming weeks ahead. Lossless audio compression reduces the original file size of a song while preserving all of the data. Lossless refers to audio up to 48kHz0. They are very large files and use much more bandwidth and storage space than standard AAC files.
Apple Music’s subscription stands at $9.99 a month or $14.99 a month for a family plan. Students can get the streaming service for $4.99 a month.
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