Apple Music announces lossless audio powered by Dolby Atmos

Apple announced that Apple Music now supports lossless audio for select devices. This Lossless audio feature brings Spatial Audio powered to Dolby Atmos to Apple Music users starting June this year with no additional costs.

According to Apple, Spatial Audio allows artists to create immersive and rich sound experiences for their fans and audiences alike and allow for multidimensional sound and clarity. In addition, Apple Music subscribers can listen to more than 75 million tracks with lossless audio enabled.

By default, Apple Music will play Dolby Atmos-enhanced sound for Airpods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as in the speakers of some of the recent iPhone, iPad and iMac. Dolby Atmos has been in use by many Android and iOS phones alike due to its rich and immersive experience. One recent phone that uses Dolby Atmos audio is the Sony Xperia One Mk. III series.

“Today marks the introduction of Dolby Atmos on Apple Music — a new music experience that is transforming how music is created by artists and enjoyed by their fans,” said Kevin Yeaman, Dolby Laboratories’ president and CEO. “We are working with Apple Music to make Dolby Atmos widely available to all musicians and anyone who loves music.”

The aim of lossless audio is to play music the way it’s recorded and done in a studio, without any of the silencing enhancements. To make this possible, Apple will use its proprietary audio codec, ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) which fortunately will not make you go drunk.

To start listening to lossless audio starting next month, head over Apple Music>Settings>Audio Quality. From there, audiophiles can choose different resolutions for different connections and frequencies such as download, Wi-Fi, or Cellular-only. For the frequency, ALA starts at 16-bit at 44.1kHz, which is CD-quality, all the way to 24-bit 48 kHz. In addition, Apple also offers Hi-resolution Lossless audio for the true audiophile all the way to 24-bit@192kHz frequency

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