Apple Launches Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio Playback in Apple Music

8 Jun

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Apple today rolled out their much discussed Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio features to Apple Music subscribers.

Lossless Audio is available across the entire Apple Music catalogue and allows for high fidelity audio playback, though this is not available through AirPods and requires wired headphones. Apple is releasing software updates for HomePod and Apple TV in the coming months to support Lossless playback.

Spatial Audio delivers immersive 3D sound through Dolby Atmos to ‘thousands’ of songs at launch, with more to come.
There is a wide variety of artists to choose from with various amounts of music from each. For instance, The Weeknd seems to have gone all in on this, offering most of his music in Spatial Audio. On the other hand, Prince has only one song - When Doves Cry - available in the new format.
You can discover Spatial Audio in the Music app by going to the search tab and tapping the ‘Spatial Audio’ category. You will also currently see it promoted in the Browse tab. If it doesn’t work for you, make sure you have the option turned on in your Apple Music Settings. Spatial Audio is only available with AirPods and compatible Beats headphones.

I’d recommend playing the introductory track where Zane Lowe takes you through the seminal Marvin Gaye track ‘What’s Going On’ from Mono to Stereo to Spatial.

There are lots of genres to try with some standout tracks like ‘I’m Coming Out’ by Diana Ross, ‘Blinding Lights’ by The Weeknd, ‘You Ain’t The Problem’ by Michael Kiwanuka, 'Mr Perfectly Fine' by Taylor Swift, 'Here Comes The Sun' by The Beatles and even 'The Imperial March' from Star Wars by John Williams. In fact, the classical section is certainly one to try out, even if you’re not normally a classical music listener.

Are there any tracks or artists you’re excited to listen to or have rediscovered with Spatial Audio? Are you trying Lossless Audio too? Let us know on Twitter.

‍Jonathan Reed
Jonathan, ScreenTimes’ Contributing Editor has been lucky enough to work on Apple products his whole life, ever since his Dad brought home a Mac Performa aged 11 (him, not his Dad). Apple is just engrained in his life, especially nowadays, as a graphic designer. His nerdy enthusiasm for Apple is only matched by his love of TV and film. Whether a buzz-worthy new show or blockbuster, a small cult show or an indie film, he’ll watch it. So Apple TV meets right in the middle of that Venn diagram! He also writes on his personal site, He lives in London and is writing his own bio in the third person.