Apple’s music service got a surround sound – that’s what it’s about

The new features annealed in May finally arrived on Apple Music when the lossless and Dolby Atmos icons appeared on select albums and songs this week.

Lossless sound is an easy thing to do, compressed music files are in a format that contains more of the original music created in the studio, but at the same time more bandwidth is needed to move that music online, and Apple AirPods, for example, can’t listen to lossless music.

Surround sound, on the other hand, works with any headset. Apple’s own AirPods and Beats headphones with H1 or W1 circuitry have surround sound enabled by default, but you can change the settings to turn off surround sound on all headphones, or alternatively turn on surround sound on non-Apple phones. or Beats headphones.

In addition to headphones, you can try to attract surround sound even to home stereos, but then there are so many variables in the game that you should not necessarily expect great experiences. At its best, surround sound works when listened to with high-quality headphones.

In music, surround sounds are about effects that bring a three-dimensional feel to the sound. When listening, it feels like instead of the left-right layout of a traditional stereo sound, the sound can come from the front, from the back, or even from the top.

In English, the term is “spatial audio,” spatial sound, and it just feels like a larger space is probably the best way to describe an experience. However, based on a quick experiment, the quality varies. Only a small portion of Apple Music’s music library supports surround sound, and there are audible differences between different albums in creating a surround effect. The quality of the studio processing is essential, ie whether the sound really has a sense of space and directional effects or just added echo.

Apple according to annealing it is a “next generation of sound” and a magical experience, but it is not a concept that is not heard before. In the world of music, surround sound formats include Dolby Atmos and Sony 360 Reality Audio. Part of Apple Music’s library supports the former, while Deezer has previously supported the Sony version and Tidal both.

Apple has the advantage that its streaming service does not have to pay extra for lossless or surround sound experiences, but is included in the base price, while the aforementioned competitors vaccinate a higher monthly fee for hi-fi versions.

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