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).

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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
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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)

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