With Apple Music Lossless streaming coming at some point in June, some users are reporting signs now that content is arriving on the service to support the launch.
Apple hasn't provided an exact date for the launch of the new Apple Music features, but with WWDC only one week away, it could launch at any time. Impatient users hoping to find the update live have discovered some albums are showing labels for Lossless or Dolby Atmos already, while others are being prompted to re-download albums for new formats.
AppleInsider cannot replicate any of these discoveries. Most discoveries appear to be in Europe and Asia. However, we have discovered that all music videos will show they are playing with Spatial Audio enabled within the Apple Music app.
One user in the Netherlands was prompted to download an album to experience it with Dolby Atmos with Lossless audio, but it didn't actually download.
So what's up with Apple Music? For a moment I got a popup saying I need to redownload an album to get Dolby Atmos. After doing so the music type went to HLS media. Now it's back at streaming AAC— Barry van Someren @ localhost (@bvansomeren) June 1, 2021
Another user in Japan was able to see a video EP with the labels for Dolby Atmos, Hi-Res Lossless, and Apple Digital Master.
The new music features require iOS 14.6 or later to work. Apple is likely working on getting the files ready in its servers, then will enable access at launch. Artists are likely preparing for the release as well by uploading new versions of albums and music videos.
With over 20 million songs gaining Lossless formatting and thousands in Dolby Atmos, a few are likely to slip by Apple's careful watch. Users have reported finding albums with the new formats listed, going back to Apple's announcement of the updates. The sporadic appearance of these labels and features show they are being worked on but do not indicate any imminent release.
iOS 14.6 adds support for Apple Digital Master 24-bit files in Apple Music. This means that the majority of Gaga's catalogue is now available in that format & labelled accordingly. The Fame Monster Video EP supports also Hi-Res Lossless & Dolby Atmos which enables Spatial Audio. pic.twitter.com/NJYQJr1jOm— HAUS OF FRANKIE (@frankiefermi) May 25, 2021
Musicians are preparing for the new feature to become widely available as well. Apple Music isn't the only service gearing up for a Dolby Atmos music launch. K-Pop group Blackpink announced their new live album is mixed for Dolby Atmos and will launch with Vibe, Spotify, and Apple Music globally on June 1.
The label for Dolby Atmos or Spatial Audio doesn't have to appear for it to work. When wearing AirPods Pro or AirPods Max, listen to a music video and check the Spatial Audio setting in Control Center. If Spatial Audio is playing, the icon will be animating.
To see this icon, swipe down on the top right corner to reach Control Center, and long-press on the volume slider. The icon appears in the bottom right of the display.
Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos and Lossless audio will launch on Apple Music sometime in June. Apple could release the features during its WWDC keynote on June 7 as a surprise, something it has done before.
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