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Apple Music launches Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio, adds Spatial Audio playlists – TechCrunch

Last month, Apple announced it would soon add lossless Audio streaming and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos to its Apple Music subscription at no extra charge. That upgrade has now gone live; Apple announced this morning — though many noticed the additions rolled out yesterday following the WWDC keynote. The entire Apple Music catalog of 75+ million songs will support lossless Audio. Apple previously said the lossless tier begins at CD quality — 16-bit at 44.1 kHz and goes up to 24-bit at 48 kHz. Audiophiles can also opt for the high-resolution lossless that reaches 24 bits at 192 kHz.

Apple has said you’ll need to use an external USB digital-to-analog converter to take advantage of the latter — simply plugging in a pair of headphones to an iPhone won’t work. Apple Music subscribers will enable the new lossless option under Settings > Music > Audio quality. Here, you can choose the resolutions you want for other connections, including Wi-Fi, cellular, and download. When you select Settings, iOS warns that lossless files will use “significantly more space” on your device 10 GB of storage would allow you to store approximately 3,000 songs at high quality, 1,000 songs with lossless, or 200 songs with high-res lossless.

Meanwhile, Spatial Audio will be enabled by default on hardware that supports Dolby Atmos, like Apple’s AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip. The latest iPhone, iPad, and Mac models also support Dolby Atmos. Spatial Audio on Apple Music will also be “coming soon” to Android devices, Apple said. Tokikick offthe launch, Apple Music is tolling out new playlists designed to showcase Spatial Audio. Today, Apple is also adding a unique guide to Spatial Audio on Apple Music, which will help music listeners hear the difference. This will consist of tracks from artists like Marvin Gaye and The Weeknd. And Apple will air a roundtable conversation about Spatial Audio featuring top sound engineers and experts, hosted by Zane Lowe at 9 am PT today on Apple Music. Apple says it’s working with artists and labels to add more new releases and the best catalog tracks in Spatial Audio.

Because songs must be remastered for Dolby Atmos specifically, these guides and playlists will help music fans experience the new format without hunting around. To help on this front, Apple notes various initiatives are underway, including doubling the number of Dolby-enabled studios in significant markets, offering educational programs, and providing resources to independent artists. Apple also said it wwouldbuild music-authoring tools directly into Logic Pro. Later this year, the company plans to release an update to Logic Pro that will allow any musician to create and mix their songs in Spatial Audio for Apple Music.

Katie Axon

After leaving the corporate world to pursue my dreams, I started writing because it helped me organize and express myself. It also allowed me to connect with people who share my passion for art, travel, fashion, technology, health, and food. I currently write on vexsh, a site focused on sharing and discovering what it means to be a creative, passionate person living in today's digital age.

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