Spatial Audio on Apple Music Promoted in New 'Beyond Stereo' Ad

Just days after the launch of Spatial Audio on Apple Music, Apple has promoted the feature with a new "Beyond Stereo" ad set to "Mystery Lady" by Masego and Don Toliver.


Spatial Audio, based on Dolby Atmos, is an immersive surround sound audio format that enables musicians to mix music so it sounds like the instruments are all around you in space. Thousands of Apple Music songs are available in Spatial Audio as of last week, such as Lady Gaga's "Rain on Me" and Kanye West's "Black Skinhead."

Spatial Audio is available to all Apple Music subscribers at no additional cost. The streaming music service costs $9.99 per month for individuals, $4.99 per month for students, and $14.99 per month for families of up to six people.

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Top Rated Comments

Kylo83 Avatar
41 months ago
It ruins songs, trust me someone that has been in music production for years it makes songs sound like they are demos and give you a fake surround sound that ruins the original song;
Score: 15 Votes (Like | Disagree)
widestload Avatar
41 months ago
I'm yet to be convinced from the handful of tracks I tried it with before switching back to Stereo.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chabig Avatar
41 months ago

The conversion is fully automated
My understanding is that it’s the exact opposite. A human has to place the sound sources in three dimensional space during the production of the Atmos track. if It were automated, every existing track would already be available, but they’re not.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
appleguy123 Avatar
41 months ago
I wish they’d give us a quick button in the music app to turn Dolby Atmos off for specific songs. Some sound better, some sound a lot worse. Would be great if we could just tap the atmos button the toggle on and off.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
steevn Avatar
41 months ago
It’s nice, but no doubt there will be a bunch of people on here claiming it’s awful after only listening to it for 10 seconds.

I am a little confused by some of the songs they chose to add to spatial audio first though, as not every song is immediately better upon first release of the new sound.

I am actually really shocked Daft Punk wasn’t included in the original release of songs, as I’m sure their music will sound amazing in Atmos. Maybe that will be a separate highlighted release though.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
xxray Avatar
41 months ago
Spatial audio sounds worse than the normal song.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)