Apple Launches DJ Mixes in Spatial Audio on Apple Music

Apple today announced DJ mixes in spatial audio with Dolby Atmos on Apple Music (via TechCrunch).

apple music
Apple said that the launch of DJ mixes in spatial audio brings listeners into an immersive audio experience with "multidimensional sound and clarity." The company added that spatial audio is the "natural next step" in ‌Apple Music‌'s commitment to sound and DJ mixes following the launch of a program based on technology from Shazam that identifies and compensates all of the individual creators involved in making a DJ mix.

"The response to spatial audio from both subscribers and creators has been incredible, and we're thrilled to expand this innovation in sound," ‌Apple Music‌'s global head of dance and electronic music, Stephen Campbell, said in a statement.

Detroit-based DJ and producer Jeff Mills headlines the launch of DJ mixes in spatial audio with an exclusive hour-long mix titled "Outer to Inner Atmosphere: The Escape Velocity Mix," which also officially relaunches ‌Apple Music‌'s One Mix series, a showcase of the world's top DJs and producers.

New DJ mixes will be added monthly, and as part of the announcement, ‌Apple Music‌ also debuted 15 "Boiler Room" mixes that were captured at nightclubs, festivals, and raves in spatial audio for the first time, with more spatial audio sessions set to be released throughout the year.

Top Rated Comments

pauloregan Avatar
5 weeks ago
I will go to my grave thinking that Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos is a gimmick to drive hardware sales and is to be avoided by the sensible.
Score: 14 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DHagan4755 Avatar
5 weeks ago
Some spatial audio tracks in Apple Music sound like the recording was made in the hallway outside the studio.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
NervousFish2 Avatar
5 weeks ago
Jeff Mills! Man, if you're gonna launch something like this, you GOTTA go with a true old school Detroit techno genius. Sometimes I think Apple is all surface froth when it comes to music appreciation (you know, leaning on U2 a lot, and The Weeknd). But every so often... they really pull it out. Jeff Mills! Wow!
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GermanSuplex Avatar
5 weeks ago
I've tried to get into the Spatial Audio fold, but it really just sounds like an EQ thing to me. I don't hear "immersive" sound.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Z6128 Avatar
5 weeks ago
I keep trying it and then going back to turn it off. The volume is super low and I find myself needing to turn the volume almost to 90% to get decent sound. Some songs it sounds cool, but just not worth it right now. I’ve tried on AirPods Pro and AirPods Max and neither sounds good to me in atmos.
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
guzhogi Avatar
5 weeks ago

I've tried to get into the Spatial Audio fold, but it really just sounds like an EQ thing to me. I don't hear "immersive" sound.
I haven't tried it yet, but I feel I'll be the same way. I don't have the best hearing, and quite frankly, I don't care that much.

That said, I'm still waiting for Apple to release headphones and built-in audio capable of high definition lossless audio. The fact that none of Apple's headphones support it, or how you have to add a USB DAC to support it is crazy. Several other companies have wifi or USB headphones. And why not update the Macs', iPhones', and iPads' DACs to support high resolution lossless.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)

Related Stories

apple music spatial audio ad

More Than Half of Apple Music Listeners Using Spatial Audio, Says Apple Exec

Wednesday February 16, 2022 2:24 am PST by
In an interview with Billboard, Apple's vice president of Apple Music and Beats, Oliver Schusser, details the growth of and reaction to Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio on the streaming platform. Apple Music gained Spatial Audio and Lossless support in June 2021, and since, Apple has continued to add new songs to its catalog that support both new features. Apple had previously promised that ...
logic pro 2020

Apple to Update Logic Pro With Spatial Audio Tools Later This Year

Tuesday June 8, 2021 9:00 am PDT by
In an Apple Newsroom editorial today, Apple Music radio host Zane Lowe revealed that Apple is building tools directly into Logic Pro that will allow musicians to create and mix their songs in Spatial Audio for Apple Music. "Apple is building immersive music-authoring tools directly into Logic Pro later this year," wrote Lowe. "So any musician will be able to create and mix their songs in...
maxresdefault

Apple's Zane Lowe Introduces Apple Music Spatial Audio

Tuesday June 8, 2021 9:40 am PDT by
Apple Music over the weekend highlighted a Spatial Audio-focused "special event," and it turns out that event is a discussion between Apple's Zane Lowe and music producers No I.D., Sylvia Massy, and Manny Marroquin. The Apple Music event can be watched in the Apple Music app or on YouTube, and it features Lowe and the music producers discussing the evolution of music and the sound...
maxresdefault

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

Monday June 14, 2021 6:43 am PDT by
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 ...
iPhone Hi Fi Apple Music Feature

Apple Music's New Spatial Audio Feature Launches Today

Monday June 7, 2021 10:43 am PDT by
Spatial Audio, powered by Dolby Atmos for Apple Music is officially launching today, Apple announced during its WWDC keynote. Announced earlier last month, Spatial Audio provides a more immersive music experience for Apple Music subscribers at no additional cost. Spatial Audio will initially be available to thousands of songs on Apple Music, with the selection growing more in the future. The ...
maxresdefault

Apple and Billie Eilish Collaborate on Short Film Promoting Spatial Audio

Thursday August 12, 2021 6:52 am PDT by
Apple has teamed up with singer Billie Eilish on a new short film to promote Apple Music's recently launched Spatial Audio feature. The 90-second video, created by Apple Music in close collaboration with Eilish, mashes up the songs "Getting Older" and "GOLDWING" from the artist's latest album "Happier Than Ever." Eilish is seen singing in front of a vanity mirror, and as the song...
Spatial Audio Netflix Feature 2

Netflix Rolling Out Spatial Audio Support

Wednesday August 18, 2021 1:29 pm PDT by
Netflix is rolling out support for Spatial Audio on the iPhone and the iPad, based on reports shared by MacRumors readers and on Reddit. A Netflix spokesperson also confirmed to MacRumors that the rollout is underway. When playing compatible content in Netflix, Spatial Audio will be available as an option in the Control Center on iPhone and iPad for those running iOS 14 and iOS 15....
spatialize stereo 1

'Spatialize Stereo' Feature in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey Simulates Spatial Audio for Non-Dolby Content

Wednesday June 9, 2021 4:52 am PDT by
In iOS 15 and macOS Monterey betas, Apple has quietly included a new audio feature called "Spatialize Stereo" that takes any non-Dolby stereo mix and creates a virtual spatial audio environment out of it. The addition was first discovered by a Reddit user, who had this to say about it: I assumed that if they ever did this it would warrant at the very least a mention in a Keynote, but unless ...

Popular Stories

iPhone 14 Pro Purple Front and Back MacRumors Exclusive

iPhone 14 Pro Renders Highlight Multiple Design Changes

Wednesday May 25, 2022 8:56 am PDT by
Leaker Jon Prosser today shared ostensibly accurate renders of the iPhone 14 Pro, providing the most accurate look yet at what the device could look like when it launches later this year. In the latest video on YouTube channel Front Page Tech, Prosser revealed renders of the iPhone 14 Pro made by Apple concept graphic designer Ian Zelbo, highlighting a range of specific design changes...
iPhone 13 Always On Feature

iPhone 14 Pro Screen Refresh Rate Upgrade Could Allow for Always-On Display

Tuesday May 24, 2022 7:23 am PDT by
Last year's iPhone 13 Pro models were the first of Apple's smartphones to come with 120Hz ProMotion displays, and while the two iPhone 14 Pro models will continue to feature the technology, their screens could well boast expanded refresh rate variability this time round. To bring ProMotion displays to the ‌iPhone 13 Pro models‌, Apple adopted LTPO panel technology with variable refresh...
iPad Pro USB C Feature Coral

Deals: Apple's iPad Pro Reaches Up to $449 Off in Amazon's Latest Sales

Wednesday May 25, 2022 10:09 am PDT by
Amazon is marking down a wide variety of 11-inch and 12.9-inch iPad Pro models this week, with prices starting as low as $749.00 for the 11-inch tablet. You'll find the full list of sales below, all of which can be found on Amazon. Note: MacRumors is an affiliate partner with some of these vendors. When you click a link and make a purchase, we may receive a small payment, which helps us keep...
apple account card

Wallet App Now Supports Apple Account Cards on iOS 15.5

Wednesday May 25, 2022 5:01 pm PDT by
Apple appears to have recently updated the Wallet app to allow users to add an Apple Account Card, which displays the Apple credit balance associated with an Apple ID. If you receive an App Store or Apple Store gift card, for example, it is added to an Apple Account that was previously visible in the App Store and Apple Store apps. As of today, the Apple Account balance can also be added to...
Apple Tap to Pay iPhone

Apple Stores Rolling Out iPhone-to-iPhone Contactless Payments Starting Today

Wednesday May 25, 2022 6:54 am PDT by
Apple in February unveiled a new "Tap to Pay on iPhone" feature that will allow compatible iPhones to accept payments via Apple Pay, contactless credit and debit cards, and other digital wallets, with no additional hardware required. Apple began testing the feature at its Apple Park Visitor Center earlier this month, and now Bloomberg's Mark Gurman has tweeted that the feature will begin...
apple wwdc 2022

Apple Shares WWDC 2022 Schedule, Keynote to Take Place June 6 at 10:00 a.m PT

Tuesday May 24, 2022 9:06 am PDT by
Apple today confirmed that the keynote event for the Worldwide Developers Conference will begin at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on June 6, the first day of WWDC. The keynote will be an online-only event, though a select number of developers have been invited to the Apple Park campus for a viewing event. In addition to confirming the keynote date and time, Apple has shared the full WWDC 2022...