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What’s going on? Good question, and if you have Apple Music, you can It’s comparable to MTV’s Unplugged or Radio 1’s Live Lounge (if you’re British or old enough to remember the early ’90s), but we get to experience it in Apple Music’s gorgeous, immersive, Dolby Atmos-enhanced Spatial Audio this time. to continue reading
What’s going on? That’s a good question, and if you have Apple Music, you should keep reading.
Apple Music Sessions was recently released. With the free rollout, Apple Music subscribers—which currently number 98 million or thereabouts (my membership is somewhere proudly within that figure)—have unique access to live releases by some of the most well-known and up-and-coming artists in the world, all in Spatial Audio.
Apple explains that the sessions are being recorded in Apple Music studios around the world, thus giving artists the opportunity to reimagine and recreate hits from their catalog, and to lay down new creative covers.
And one of the best bits is that these unique performances are also filmed, resulting in a live collection comprised of all-new Spatial Audio music tracks (Apple tech which recently celebrated its first birthday for music) and companion live performance music videos.
The first albums share a common theme of country music because they were both produced at Apple Music’s brand-new, cutting-edge studios in Nashville, Tennessee, by Carrie Underwood and Tenille Townes. After listening to both releases, which each have three audio tracks and three videos, I can assure you there is much to be happy about.
Opinion: Apple Music is just making Spotify look bad at this point – and Netflix too
Netflix recently introduced Spatial Audio, but not all Spatial Audio is created equal. This is similar to Dolby Atmos, whose badges are beginning to appear alarmingly frequently on tablets like the Amazon Fire HD 10 Plus, where the onboard speakers’ inability to deliver truly immersive overhead sound cannot possibly compare to that of a 9.1.7 recording studio or theater.
This is so that sound mixers can modify Dolby Atmos soundtracks for Spatial Audio presentation over stereo speakers. Netflix uses Sennheiser’s AMBEO 2-Channel technology, which it licenses.
While this is the case, Apple’s Spatial Audio system makes use of a 5.1, 7.1, or object-based audio track, such as Dolby Atmos. As is well known, Apple also produces the gear needed to take advantage of its Spatial Audio offering to its fullest potential. If you’re listening to Apple Music Sessions on the Cupertino company’s AirPods Pro, AirPods Max, or AirPods 3, these headphones process the Dolby Atmos music recording on the fly for an improved, head-tracking audio experience.
Not to mention that the Apple HomePod original, but not the HomePod small, offers spatial audio as well. We’ll all be in for a rare treat if the much expected and unofficial HomePod 2 supports Apple Audio’s Dolby Atmos-enhanced music.
Spotify now We know who rocked it best, but the entire Apple Music Sessions idea seems to be Apple’s response to Spotify Sessions (hardly a subtle one, is it?). Despite promising to do so by the end of 2021, Spotify has failed to introduce its higher-resolution Spotify HiFi tier or add any Dolby Atmos-enhanced songs to its repertoire.
Despite recently raising the cost of its student plan, I believe Apple Music to be a cut above the competition and now even better than Tidal, the longtime favorite of audiophiles. Additionally, with the promise of additional Sessions and tailored Spatial Audio, Tim Cook’s behemoth has just made the strongest argument in favor of changing music streaming providers to date.