It’s Almost as Though You’re in a Nightclub
For those who prefer to spend their nights at the club rather than the concert hall, Apple Music’s Spatial Audio is now available. DJ mixes in Dolby Atmos are now available on the service, promising a more immersive dance music experience not quite like sweating through an all-night event, but near enough. The effort begins today with an improved One Mix session from Detroit techno classic Jeff Mills (above), as well as 15 Boiler Room sets from artists such as Boys Noize and The Blessed Madonna.
Throughout the year, expect additional spatial audio mixes, including monthly One Mix episodes and Boiler Room LPs. Apple hasn’t mentioned any upcoming performers, but it has promised the “finest DJs” from the dance and electronic music worlds.
Dolby Atmos Support is included in the Spatial Audio
Apple is delivering Dolby Atmos support to Apple Music, as well as Spatial Audio. Dolby Atmos is a ground-breaking, immersive audio experience that allows musicians to mix music so that it comes from all sides and above. By default, all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as the built-in speakers in the latest versions of iPhone, iPad, and Mac, will play Dolby Atmos music. Apple Music will be regularly releasing new Dolby Atmos tracks, as well as curating a dedicated set of Dolby Atmos playlists to help customers find their favourite music. Albums that are available in Dolby Atmos will also have a logo on the detail page to make them easier to find.
Only AirPods and a few Beats headphones have spatial audio turned on by default. You can use suitable third-party gear, but you’ll have to enable support manually and skip head tracking.
Apple’s decision to extend Atmos support to the mix-and-scratch community is unsurprising. Of course, surround sound is a selling feature for Apple Music and AirPods, but electronic artists were among the first to embrace it just ask anyone who has seen Amon Tobin’s shows. In theory, knowing that a favourite DJ might create an Atmos mix that you won’t see on competing services makes you more likely to keep your Apple Music subscription.
Regarding Apple Music
Apple is a music fanatic. Apple transformed the music experience by placing a thousand songs in your pocket with the iPod and iTunes. Apple Music, with over 75 million songs, thousands of playlists, and daily picks from the world’s greatest music experts, including all of the artists and hosts broadcasting daily across its Apple Music 1, Apple Music Hits, and Apple Music Country global live streams, takes this to the next level.
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