Apple updates Apple music with lossless audio, promising a huge improvement in the proposed sound quality and without increasing the price of the monthly subscription. In addition, Apple Music adding spatial audio with Dolby Atmos support, for a more immersive experience – although you would need to listen via the right hardware to enjoy it.
Spatial audio promises to be for music What is surround sound for movies and TV shows. It allows artists and producers to mix their tracks in a way that takes into account the directionality, so that different elements of music can be perceived as coming from different places in the room.
To listen, you will need to use a compatible device. By default, Apple says, Apple Music automatically lira the Dolby Atmos tracks on all airpods and beaten headphones, provided they use a H1 or W1 chip. It will also play via integrated speakers in the latest versions of iPhone, iPad and Mac.
For starters, there will be “thousands of songs” that support the format, explains Apple. They will cover the genres of hip-hop, the country, Latin, pop and classical, and there will have been organized Dolby Atmos playlists to create simpler compatible songs. More content will be added gradually, Apple Promet, and it apparently works to make Dolby Atmos studios more accessible to artists.
With regard to al-loss audio, this will be a much larger change, at least for the moment. Each Track of the Apple Music Catalog – which means more than 75 million people currently, the company says – will be upgraded to use Apple Audio Audio Codec without loss (ALAC); Indeed the same thing, Apple says, while the artists actually recorded in their studios.
Update: Apple says it will have “20 million songs in audio without loss at launch with the 75 million songs available at the end of the year”.
Since the bandwidth required for lossless tracks can be significantly higher than that needed for more compressed music, switching to the most powerful files will be optional. There will also be the ability to set different default values based on your current connection: If you are on cellular, when you want you to want smaller files to avoid quickly burning your data allowance, when the band Channel may not be such a constraint, and for download when you may might simply enter the highest quality file of the GO.
The lossless tracks will start at the quality of the CD, or 16 bits at 44.1 kHz and pass 24 bits at 48 kHz. There is also a mastery of the Apple Hi-Resolution without loss, which takes it to 24 bits at 192 kHz, although you would need more material for that, such as a USB digital-analog converter (DAC) .
Which makes all this an even more important agreement is that Apple does not change its prices. Spatial audio with Dolby Atmos support and lossless audio will be included in a subscription to ordinary Apple music, whether individual or family. Apple will allow the new feature of June 2021.