What you need to know
- Deezer has announced "360 Sessions" for its iOS and Android app.
- The playlist features live performances recorded in Sony 360 Reality Audio.
The company has announced in a blog post that it is rolling out "360 sessions" to its music streaming service. The new feature, according to the company, currently features a collection of live performances and, with the power of Sony 360 Reality Audio, users will feel like they are right in front of the stage.
Deezer's 360 Sessions playlist includes performances from:
- Dua Lipa
- Fireboy Dml
- Lolo Zouai
- Circa Waves
- Half Moon Run
Deezer says that listeners can use any model of headphones and that no special hardware will be required to enjoy the feature. Listeners with Sony headphones that are compatible with Headphones Connect will enjoy an "enhanced" experience. However, users must be subscribed to Deezer HiFi, the high fidelity tier from the company that currently costs $15 per month.
Jerome Coïc, Deezer's Senior Special Operations & Partnerships Manager, says that 360 Reality Audio "will transport each music fan to the heart of their favorite performance."
Deezer definitely differentiated itself from Apple Music with this offering. While Apple Music currently supports more songs in Spatial Audio, it has not released a collection of live performances specifically recorded for the purpose like Deezer has. Of course, Apple is offering all of its spatial audio content at the same $10 per month price that Apple Music has always cost, whereas Deezer is only offering the experience to customers on its highest-tier plan.
If you want to nab a great set of headphones to check out spatial audio across Apple Music and Deezer, check out our list of the Best headphones for Dolby Atmos for Apple Music 2021.
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This is a bit misleading. Deezer is offering 360 Sessions, which is new, but spacial audio... that's been available for a while now through the same Sony partnership. Deezer, TIDAL, and another service (I can't remember the name right now) all offer Spacial Audio and have for well over a year. However, Deezer's version of it requires a separate app from Deezer (Deezer 360) whereas the others are built into their app (you enable it in the TIDAL app by installing the Sony Headphones+ app and then selecting TIDAL, in which it enables it directly in TIDAL). Of course, this requires Sony Headphones to enjoy, but it's been a thing for longer than Apple's spacial audio has been.
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