Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos are Coming to Apple Music for Free

With information of the brand new capabilities leaking in every single place, Apple introduced right now that it’s bringing lossless and spatial audio to Apple Music at no further price.

“Apple Music is making its greatest development ever in sound high quality,” Apple vice chairman Oliver Schusser says. “Listening to a music in Dolby Atmos is like magic. The music comes from throughout you and sounds unbelievable. Now we’re bringing this really revolutionary and immersive expertise 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 extra. Subscribers will even be capable to take heed to their music within the highest audio high quality with Lossless Audio. Apple Music as we all know it’s about to alter eternally.”

In order that’s lots to digest. Right here’s how I perceive it.

Lossless audio might be out there throughout the complete Apple Music catalog of 75 million tracks and to all subscribers at no further price. Dolby Atmos, nonetheless, will solely be made out there to a restricted number of music within the catalog and solely through sure Apple gadgets that H1 or W1 chip—together with AirPods and Beats headphones—and thru the built-in audio system within the newest iPhones, iPads, and Macs. Apple says that albums that help Dolby Atmos will show a badge so you possibly can simply discover them, and it’ll after all add new music regularly over time.

Right here’s what I additionally perceive. Spotify plans to cost additional for lossless/HD audio capabilities, the place Apple is not going to. And that ought to elevate new antitrust considerations, complaints, and investigations from regulators across the globe. Apple, as at all times, is profiting from its skill to subsidize its subscription companies with its unbelievable gross sales to decrease costs and drawback rivals.

(Amazon had been charging for lossless and HD audio, however dropped that additional charge after the Apple announcement.)

It’s onerous to think about that this addition gained’t drive additional Apple Music subscription progress. Certainly, as a client, it is a very compelling possibility.

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