Apple unveils Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res Lossless on Apple Music

On May 17, 2021, Apple officially announced the next stage in the development of the Apple Music service, adding the ability to listen to music in high quality.

Starting in June 2021 (on iPhones starting with iOS 14.6), all Apple Music subscribers will receive new features for free.

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos-enabled spatial audio will be available not only for apps like Apple TV (when watching videos), but also for Apple Music. Those. for audio playback without footage.

Spatial Audio links the sound to the location of the device. And when you rotate your head, you clearly understand where the main stage is located.

Spatial audio

Dolby Atmos, on the other hand, allows you to focus not on channels, but on audio objects, each of which is linked to the scene, creating stunning volume.

The sound engineer indicates exactly where the sound is coming from and shows how it moves in three-dimensional space, including anywhere overhead. Those. thanks to multichannel acoustics, you know exactly where the action is taking place in the room.

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In music, artists will be able to mix soundtracks so that, when played back, the instruments appear to be located around the listener.

Spatial audio with Dolby Atmos in Apple Music will work on all AirPods and Beats with an H1 or W1 chip.

Dolby Atmos tracks will play on the following devices with built-in speakers:

  • iPhone 7 and newer.
  • iPad Pro 12.9 3rd generation or later.
  • iPad Pro 11 and newer.
  • iPad 6th generation or later.
  • iPad Air 3rd generation or later.
  • iPad mini 5th generation or later.
  • MacBook Pro 2018 and newer.
  • HomePod.
  • Apple TV 4K with Dolby Atmos TV.

Apple Music will launch with playlists with thousands of Dolby Atmos-enabled tracks. This is not much, but they promise to work with artists and regularly update the media library.

High quality music

Also, such songs will be marked with a special icon.

High quality music (ALAC and Hi-Res Lossless)

Apple Music will now support high quality tracks. The Apple Lossless Codec (ALAC) is used, which allows you to compress tracks without losing quality.

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To activate high quality, go to Settings – Music – Sound Quality… There you can choose the bitrate for different types of connections (wi-fi, cellular or download).

The weight of the tracks will be significantly larger than when listening to classic AAC compositions. There will be 2 lossless compression options:

  1. Lossless with CD quality (16 bit @ 44.1 kHz and up to 24 bit @ 48 kHz). Such tracks will play natively on Apple devices.
  2. Hi-Res Lossless up to 24-bit @ 192 kHz. But for work you need a high-quality DAC.

At the start of more than 75 million tracks, about 20 million will be supported in lossless quality. The rest of the high quality tracks will appear by the end of the year.

The updated features of the Apple Music service will be available on iOS 14.6, iPadOS 14.6, macOS 11.4, and tvOS 14.6 or newer.

Most importantly, there is no need to pay extra for high sound quality and Dolby Atmos, as in TIDAL. Thanks to this move, Apple will greatly draw attention to itself and will certainly make Android users think. Because Apple Music is available on Google Play as well. And also for PC users, because the same TIDAL still does not work officially in the CIS and is more expensive.

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What do you think about Hi-Res quality in Apple music, write in the comments.

Based on materials from CI Review, Pro Tech. Apple, TIDAL.

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