Spatial audio in Apple Music makes it sound like music is surrounding you — here’s how to try it

Apple Music with Dolby Atmos spatial audio

Todd Haselton | CNBC

Apple rolled out a actually cool modern Dolby Atmos surround sound feature to Apple Music this week that will abet it entice and protect subscribers as it competes with streaming song leader Spotify.

Dolby Atmos spatial audio makes it feel a runt more like song is surrounding you whereas the utilization of headphones, in its save of honest piping into your left and correct ears. Songs with Dolby Atmos come in without spending a dime, goodbye as which that you can possibly well moreover very effectively be already an Apple Music subscriber. Dolby Atmos is moreover on the market by Amazon Music HD and TIDAL subscriptions, whereas Deezer makes expend of Sony’s competing version, 360 Fact Audio, for its Deezer HiFi service. Spotify would no longer yet possess a Dolby Atmos risk.

I am no longer an audiophile, and I will be succesful of’t in total repeat the incompatibility between one of the most necessary upper-tremendous tracks song services and products possess started to roll out. But there might possibly be a noticeable incompatibility between trendy stereo song and these modern “Spatial Audio with toughen for Dolby Atmos” songs. At least, as a rule. The incompatibility is more noticeable in some songs than others.

There are handiest thousands of tracks, out of the 75 million in Apple Music, with toughen for it correct now, but Apple has some playlists that might possibly possibly possibly put you what it is superior of. And modern albums will continue to add toughen whereas artists transform some older songs, too. 

It be doubtlessly no longer enough by myself to salvage folks to subscribe to Apple Music — no longer lower than no longer yet — but it surely’s a good added income for of us that already possess Apple Music to salvage more out of the service.

What’s Dolby Atmos spatial audio?

On the complete, if you happen to hear to a tune by headphones, which that you can possibly well moreover very effectively be taking put of stereo sound. It be like if you happen to possess two audio system on the left and correct of your TV. Dolby Atmos provides surround sound, so it is equivalent to what which that you can possibly well predict can possess to you had a bunch of audio system all over your front room. With the exception of, in its save of having a bunch of front room audio system all over you, this works by your headphones. 

AirPods Pro will salvage a modern surround-sounds spatial audio skills.


Dolby Atmos enables musicians to invent songs that namely pronounce vocals and devices in sure areas of the “sound stage.” And these are the modern forms of songs which would be truly on the market in Apple Music. 

This tumble, Apple will build on it with a head-monitoring feature for AirPods Pro and AirPods Pro Max that is already on the market for issues like movies and TV displays that provide Dolby Atmos. When that is on, it appears as if the song is coming from the application that is taking part in it. So, can possess to you possess headphones on, and you flip your head, you will hear the song shift within the route of your iPhone, shall we divulge. Form of just like the iPhone is the stage. 

What assemble I’d like to hear to spatial audio?

Apple Music with Dolby Atmos spatial audio

Todd Haselton | CNBC

That you just have to an Apple Music trial or a subscription, which charges $4.99 a month for varsity students, $9.99 a month for of us or $14.99 a month for households as a lot as six folks.

That you just might possibly possibly presumably hear by:

  • AirPods
  • AirPods Pro or AirPods Pro Max, with Spatial Audio turned on
  • BeatsX, Beats Solo3 Wi-fi, Beats Studio3, Powerbeats3 Wi-fi, Beats Flex, Powerbeats Pro or Beats Solo Pro
  • It moreover works by the constructed-in audio system on iPhones and iPads released within the previous couple of years, with the exception of the iPhone SE, but I chanced on it plot more noticeable by headphones.

But you create no longer truly need AirPods or Beats headphones. Dolby Atmos songs work on all headphones, you honest must flip on “Always On” to your iPhone or iPad settings first. 

To assemble that:

  • Launch Settings to your iPhone or iPad.
  • Make a selection Music.
  • Defend shut “Dolby Atmos”
  • Change the setting to “Always On.”

While which that you can possibly well moreover very effectively be listening from an Apple TV, you will have the option to hear to Dolby Atmos by audio system that toughen the structure, or by the aforementioned AirPods and Beats headphones. To flip it on, roam to Settings > Apps > Music and invent obvious Dolby Atmos is on “Computerized.” On a Mac, you shall be succesful of must enable the setting to download in Dolby Atmos within the preferences menu of Apple Music.

How assemble I hear to spatial audio in Apple Music?

Apple Music with Dolby Atmos spatial audio

Todd Haselton | CNBC

It be easy to examine out Dolby Atmos spatial audio in Apple Music. 

While you inaugurate the app correct now, you will perceive several playlists for diversified genres with songs created to toughen Dolby Atmos. But I point out starting with the “Hits in Spatial Audio” playlist, which supplies an audio instance of stereo vs. Dolby Atmos.

As modern tracks and albums roll out, you will perceive a runt label underneath each tune that displays “Dolby Atmos” to enable you to plot shut it helps the structure. 

You shall be succesful of must redownload your songs

Apple Music with Dolby Atmos spatial audio

Todd Haselton | CNBC

That you just might possibly possibly presumably circulation Dolby Atmos all you wish. But can possess to you desire to these tracks on the market if you happen to create no longer possess a Wi-Fi connection, it’s good to download them. And can possess to you already possess non-Dolby Atmos songs downloaded, you shall be succesful of must delete these and redownload the tune to salvage it within the spatial audio structure. 

That you just might possibly possibly presumably invent obvious future downloads consistently download the Dolby Atmos version by opening Settings to your iPhone and tapping Music and enabling the Download in Dolby Atmos risk.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube. 

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