Indian Apple Music fans can now enjoy lossless and spatial audio support

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What you need to know

  • Apple Music's lossless and spatial audio support is now rolling out in India.
  • Users can look forward to high-quality streams and Dolby Atmos support.

Apple Music listeners in India now have something new to listen to after Apple started to roll out support for lossless audio as well as spatial audio and Dolby Atmos support.

The feature, which has been available in other parts of the world for a few weeks now, allows listeners to enjoy higher quality audio streams as well as 3D spatial audio in what Apple believes is the next big shift in the way we listen to music.

The new Apple Music rollout was shared on Twitter and spotted by 9to5Mac.

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While support for lossless audio is great news for the small portion of the planet that can both hear the difference and have the specialist hardware needed to support it, spatial audio is a different beast altogether. Listeners only need a pair of headphones to enjoy the feature, although it is only available on a relatively small number of tracks across the entire Apple Music library.

This is what Apple had to say when the feature was first announced in May.

Apple is bringing Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos to Apple Music. Dolby Atmos is a revolutionary, immersive audio experience that enables artists to mix music so the sound comes from all around and from above. By default, Apple Music will automatically play Dolby Atmos tracks on 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. Apple Music will be adding new Dolby Atmos tracks constantly and will be curating a special set of Dolby Atmos playlists to help listeners find the music they love. In addition, albums that are available in Dolby Atmos will have a badge on the detail page for easy discovery.

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Oliver Haslam

Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.

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