Everything You Need to Know About spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos in Apple Music

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Apple flipped on the switch to enable Lossless Audio and Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos on Apple Music. Are you confused about what Dolby Atmos and/or Spatial Audio on Apple Music? What is all the hype around the Dolby Atmos for music? You came to the right place. Join in as Thomas Domville tell us everything you need to know about Dolby Atmos and Spatial Audio in Apple Music.

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Submitted by Bruce Harrell on Thursday, June 17, 2021

Thomas, thanks! Well done. I am glad you gave us this podcast. I just need to bring a few things to everyone's attention that you may have forgotten or overlooked.

First, ATMOS creates a dome, not a bubble. You said ATMOS gives you sound from above, all around, and below. So far as I am aware, it does not give the listener sound from below.

Second, I believe you said ATMOS on Apple Music is for headphones. Headphones simulate the sound dome, and I'm sure airpods pro and Airpods Max do a fantastic job. However, true ATMOS requires speakers in the sound dome, speakers above and speakers all around. So far as I am aware, headphones do not give the listener sources of sound from all those directions, such as from overhead. Some people use upwardly pointed floor or bookshelf speakers or sound bars that supposedly bounce sound off the ceiling, but ceiling mounted speakers are best for true ATMOS.

Third, for best sound, whether it is ATMOS or loss less or both, folks need to know they can physically connect their Apple device to compatible ATMOS sound systems or compatible ATMOS home theatres, or they can use airplay or airplay 2, which is the uncompressed, wireless connection that works for loss less and ATMOS. For example, I have a compatible ATMOS Android home theatre system, that does an excellent job when I airplay ATMOS/loss less music or 4k uhd ATMOS movies from my iPhone 10s or my iMac Pro.

Folks should also be alerted to the fact that bluetooth, which is very different than airplay, cannot deliver loss less because bluetooth transmits a compressed signal; airplay does not.

Last, and this is just so folks aren't confused, when you say look to your right and you hear the drums change from in front of you to your left (spatial audio on airpod pro or max comes Fall 2-021), I believe you meant to say face to your right. Simply moving our eyes won't change a thing.

Again, Thomas, thank you for a great pod casts. I've enjoyed every pod cast of yours I've ever heard.

Joy!

Bruce