In 2021, Apple Music introduced Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos on the service to deliver an immersive listening experience with true multidimensional sound and clarity to users.
AirPods and Beats headphones, HomePod, Apple TV 4K, select MacBook models and Android devices support Spatial Audio in Apple Music, and now third-party smart speaker manufacturer, Sonos has also adopted the Spatial Audio feature.
Sonos Era 300, Arc, and other speakers offer Spatial Audio in Apple Music
After announcing that it was working with the Cupertino tech giant to offer a Spatial Audio feature in its smart speakers, Sonos launched it in its new Era 300 speaker last week. Currently, four Sonos speakers support Spatial Audio in Apple Music:
- Era 300 retails for $548.07. It also supports AirPlay 2, and a voice assistant.
- Beam (Gen 2)
- Arc SL
To enjoy songs in Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos in Apple Music, users need a subscription for $6.49 per month and a Sonos app on their device. Just like in the Music app, the Dolby Atmos badge appears in the Sonos app when a Spatial Audio song is playing.
In December 2022, the service launched the new Sing feature which allows users to sing along to their favorite songs with real-time lyrics and adjustable vocals for memorable karaoke nights or other activities.
Recently, the service also introduced Apple Music Classical app with a vast and diverse library of classical songs and supports Spatial Audio and Lossless audio. It also features a new search engine with additional search criteria, expert commentary between tracks to educate new listeners, and album walkthroughs.
However, the current Bluetooth audio codecs used by Apple cannot deliver lossless sound over Bluetooth in the Classical app.
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