Apple Music is now offering Lossless Audio, Dolby Atmos, and Spatial Audio to users of its music streaming service in India. The new features come at no additional cost and are available for all users of Apple Music on iOS and iPadOS, MacOS, and Apple TV. The new features were rolled out for Apple Music users in the US and other global markets in June and finally come to India where users pay Rs. 99 per month for access to the individual subscription plan.
Furthermore, Apple has also clarified to Gadgets 360 that the new features for Apple Music in India will be coming to the Android app soon, but has not indicated a timeline for the same as yet. Users of Apple Music on Apple’s supported platforms including iOS and MacOS should already have access to the features once activated through the settings for the service. This can be done through the Settings menu, by going into the specific settings for Apple Music and sliding the toggle for Lossless Audio to on. Additionally, you can also activate Dolby Atmos from these settings.
Apple has also rolled out a number of curated playlists for Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos to help with the discovery of tracks available in these formats, including various tracks from Indian artistes such as AR Rahman and Badshah. A vast chunk of its catalogue is also already available in Lossless Audio resolution, with some tracks and albums available in High-Resolution Lossless as well. On iOS, the resolution is prominently displayed when tracks are playing, and tapping on the icon shows the exact resolution of the track.
Apple Music is available in India starting at Rs. 49 per month for students, and is priced at Rs. 99 per month and Rs. 149 per month for regular individual and family plans, respectively. You can also access Apple Music if you’ve subscribed to Apple One, the company’s combination subscription that also includes access to Apple Arcade, Apple TV+, and iCloud storage.
How to enable Lossless Audio and Spatial Audio in Apple Music?
The Apple Music app doesn’t really feature direct access to the playback settings with the app like Spotify does, but enabling the new two newly dropped features isn’t rocket science either.
Here’s a step-by-step guide that lets you enable Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio on your iPhone and iPad in the Apple Music app.
Step 1: Launch the Settings app and head over to Music.
Step 2: You will see the new Dolby Atmos option and all you have to do is tap on it and either select Automatic or Always On.
Step 3: In the same Music menu, below the Dolby Atmos option, you will see an option labelled ‘Audio Quality’. Simply tap on it and toggle the Lossless Audio feature to ‘on’.
Fun additional fact: Apple is also bringing head tracking support to Apple Music later this year – a feature that already exists for Apple TV+ Original content – that’ll probably introduce another dimension to Atmos-enabled music on the app.
Source: NDTV Gadgets