Enable Dolby Atmos music with Lossless Audio in Apple Music App

July 23, 2021

Dolby Atmos music has unlocked a new dimension in music creativity and added to the quality of audio substantially. It’s being hailed as the new era of music and so brands like Apple are already switching from the conventional stereo experience to multi‑dimensional sound experience of Dolby Atmos. The Music app subscribers using the latest version on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV can listen to Apple Music Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio at no extra cost.

Switch to Dolby Atmos music mode from conventional stereo experience in Apple Music

Doby Atmos music puts you inside the song in a spatial way, revealing every detail of the music with unparalleled clarity and depth. It even preserves artist intent right from creation to playback. So, if you are looking forward to upgrade your music style or move it beyond the ordinary listening experience, there’s no better way to start but with Apple Music Dolby Atmos Spatial Audio.

  1. On your iPhone Home Screen, select Settings.
  2. Go to Music.
  3. Scroll down to Audio section.
  4. Choose Dolby Atmos.
  5. Check Always On option.
  6. Similarly, tap Audio Quality under Audio section.
  7. Enable Lossless Audio.
  8. Choose High-Resolution Lossless.

Some songs are timeless. With Apple Music you can make them more immersive and elevate its sound experience. All you need is an active Apple Music subscription to listen to them across your devices.


How to use Apple Music Dolby Atmos?

On your Apple device like iPhone or iPad, go to the Settings app.

Tap its icon to open the settings screen and choose the Music option listed therein.

When the Music screen opens, scroll down to the Audio Section.

Dolby Atmos Music
Dolby Atmos Music

Under it, select the Dolby Atmos music feature.

Dolby Atmos Always On
Dolby Atmos Always On

Then, check the Always On feature by tapping it.

Dolby Atmos Spatial Sound
Dolby Atmos Spatial Sound

Songs on Apple Music with Dolby Atmos have the Dolby button next to them. You should find it just above the Play/Pause button.

Similarly, to enable lossless audio compression for songs, tap the Audio Quality option under Audio Section and enable Lossless Audio.

What is Lossless Audio compression?

As the name suggests, Lossless Audio compression is a form of compression that retains all of the original data i.e., there’s no loss in audio quality. Apple has developed its own implementation of Lossless compression - Advanced Audio Codec (AAC). It’s capable of delivering audio quality that’s virtually indistinguishable from the original studio recording. The resolutions range between 16-bit/44.1 kHz (CD Quality) up to 24-bit/192 kHz.

Lossless Wi-Fi Streaming
Lossless Wi-Fi Streaming

You can choose the desired resolution range for a Wi-Fi or Mobile network, but we recommend you choose lower resolution for mobile network. That’s because Higher resolutions use more data than lower ones.

Lossless compression resolution
Lossless compression resolution

Moreover, downloaded lossless audio files take up significantly more space on your device.

Difference between the Stereo Sound and Spatial Sound

Dolby Atmos Vs Stereo
Dolby Atmos Vs Stereo

With Spatial Sound you can discover sound all around. This adds more clarity, space, and depth to your music unlike two-channel audio limitations of stereo mode.

Does Dolby Atmos work with any headphones Apple music?

Apple AirPods and even Beats headphones that come equipped with the H1 or W1 chip will be able to make full use of the audio feature

Which headphone is best for Dolby Atmos?

The Dolby Atmos option for Music app is set to Automatic by default. In this setting, Dolby Atmos tracks will play best when you're listening via any W1- or H1-enabled pair of Apple ( AirPods / AirPods Pro or AirPods Max) or Beats headphones.

Do Dolby Atmos need special headphones?

No! Even non-Apple or some third-party headphones can play back the Dolby Atmos tracks correctly, provided you’ve the ‘Always On’ option enabled under Dolby Atmos.

Hope that makes sense!


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