A few minutes after the WWDC event, Apple flicked the switch and announced support for Spatial Audio support for Apple Music.
Paying subscribers can now enable Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos in Apple Music. Users need to be using AirPods, AirPods Pro, AirPods Max or Beats headphones equipped with the H1 or W1 chip for wireless communication. For other headphones, you can go to Settings > Music > Audio and set Dolby Atmos switch to “Always On“. You can also listen to Dolby Atmos Music using the built-in speakers with your iPhone 7 or later and iPad Pro (3rd generation) and later, other select iPads, and MacBook (2018 model and later). Android support is coming soon.
The feature was originally announced on May 17 alongside Lossless Audio. Apple will be releasing thousands of songs at launch with popular singers Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, and The Weekend as initial artists that will offer sound tracks with Dolby Atmos support.
Spatial Audio is the next evolution of sound quality coming from mono to stereo. With Spatial Audio enabled, listeners will be able to hear the music in a simulated 3D audio space that gives more depth and directionality to audio that adjusts whenever the user moves their head. You can view our tech guide on how to use Spatial Audio here.
You can view the current songs that support Spatial Audio by going to Apple Music > Search > Made for Spatial Audio. We listened to Spatial Audio and Lossless quality Music in our AirPods Pro and there’s a noticeable difference in quality and sound fidelity that we love.
“We recently announced spatial audio for Apple Music, with the incredible multi-dimensional sound experience of Dolby Atmos, and we’re excited that it’s available starting today,” said Senior Engineering Program Manager Gagan Gupta.