Apple Music Adds Lossless Audio, Dolby Atmos
Apple is rolling out Dolby Atmos and lossless audio tracks to all its Apple Music subscribers at no extra cost.
The streaming service, which costs $11.99 per month in Australia, will add Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, as well as more than 75 million lossless tracks, for no additional cost. The Spatial Audio features will be available through any compatible headphones – not just Apple’s own.
Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats, hailed it as Apple Music’s “biggest advancement ever” in sound quality.
“Listening to a song in Dolby Atmos is like magic. The music comes from all around you and sounds incredible.
“Now we are bringing this truly innovative and immersive experience to our listeners with music from their favourite artists like J Balvin, Gustavo Dudamel, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, Kacey Musgraves, The Weeknd, and so many more.
“Subscribers will also be able to listen to their music in the highest audio quality with Lossless Audio. Apple Music as we know it is about to change forever.”
Apple Music’s lossless audio tracks will start at CD-quality (16-bit at 44.1kHz), and go right up to 24-bit at 192kHz.
Lossless audio and Dolby Atmos will be available on Apple Music from June; Amazon, however, has already undercut Apple with ultra-HD audio streaming on its Amazon Music Unlimited service for $7.99 per month in Australia, $9.99 for non-Amazon Prime members, or $4.99 for a single Echo or Fire TV device.