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12 Jul 2021 · 2 minutes read
· by Mairead Bond

Experience Spatial Audio on Apple Music

As of June 2021, Apple Music subscribers can now listen to selected songs in Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos. Rather than how you normally listen to music, you can now enjoy an immersive multi-dimensional listening experience...

Read below to understand what Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos is, and how you can use it on multiple devices!
What is Spatial Audio?
Spatial Audio gives artists the opportunity to create immersive audio experiences for their fans with true multidimensional sound and clarity. The technology signals and applies directional audio filters, which adjust the frequencies in each ear. This creates the experience of sounds that can appear virtually anywhere in 3D space. The idea is to recreate the audio experience of a cinema, as sounds appear in front of you, from the sides, the rear and even above.
Listening to music will be a totally immersive experience as the music appears all around you. Listeners can enjoy this innovative experience from their favourite artists such as J Balvin, Ariana Grande, Maroon 5, The Weeknd, and so many more.
How to use Spatial Audio?
You can enjoy this new feature on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV 4K.

iPhone and iPad
1. Update your iPhone or iPad iOS to iPadOS 14.6.
2. Select Settings.
3. Go to Music.
4. Under audio, tap Dolby Atmos.
5. Choose Automatic, Always on, or turn Dolby Atmos off.

1. Update your Mac to macOS 11.4.
2. Open the Apple Music App.
3. In the menu bar, select Music > Preferences.
4. Choose the playback tab.
5. Click Automatic, Always on, or turn Dolby Atmos off.

Apple TV 4K
1. Update your Apple TV 4K to tvOS 14.6 and make sure you have one of the following connections: 
  • HomePod speakers set up as the default speakers.
  • A Dolby Atmos compatible sound bar, Dolby Atmos enabled AV Receiver or television that supports Dolby Atmos audio.
  • AirPods, AirPods Pro or AirPods Max.
  • BeatsX, Beats Solo3 Wireless, Beats Studio3, Powerbeats3 Wireless, Beats Flex, Powerbeats Pro or Beats Solo Pro.

2. Turn Dolby Atmos on or off:
  • On your Apple TV, go to Settings > Apps.
  • Select Music.
  • Select Dolby Atmos to change it to Automatic or off.

Bonus Feature: Lossless Audio.
Make sure to also check out another exciting audio feature from Apple - Lossless Audio!

Apple Music users can now also listen to their music with the highest audio quality by using Lossless Audio. This new feature means that listeners can experience music exactly the same way artists created it in the studio.

Have you tried Spatial Audio yet? Let us know what you think - we're on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook! Also, make sure to keep an eye on Megamac as next week we will be announcing our first giveaway!  
Published 12 Jul 2021 by Mairead Bond
Mairead Bond
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