Over 80% of Apple Music subscribers listened to Spatial Audio in 2022 | Technoscoob


2022 was the primary full yr that Apple Music provided its Spatial Audio function that supplied a surround-sound expertise to listeners.

In simply over a yr since its launch, greater than 80% of the platform’s worldwide subscribers loved the function.

“With Spatial Audio, Apple Music set a brand new high quality bar for music streaming, giving followers a deeper and extra immersive expertise than ever earlier than,” Apple stated in a launch on Tuesday (January 10) because it disclosed that month-to-month performs in Spatial Audio have skyrocketed by over 1,000% in 2022.

Apple Music rolled out Spatial Audio with assist for Dolby Atmos in June 2021, free for all subscribers. 

Spatial Audio lets customers take heed to three-dimensional audio, making music extra multidimensional versus conventional stereo.

Apple has made stay performances instantly obtainable on demand in immersive Spatial Audio following every broadcast. Subscribers can take heed to stay performances by artists like Harry Types, Lil Durk, Mary J. Blige, Billie Eilish, Luke Combs, Wizkid, and Alicia Keys on Spatial Audio.

Again in 2021 when Apple launched Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos, Vice President of Apple Music and Beats Oliver Schusser, stated: “Apple Music is making its largest development ever in sound high quality.”

“Listening to a track in Dolby Atmos is like magic. The music comes from throughout you and sounds unbelievable.”

Dolby developed Dolby Atmos Music with Common Music Group in 2019 to convey immersive music expertise to artists and followers globally. It allowed artists and producers to create three-dimensional soundscapes in an object-based mixing envionment.

And in October 2022, Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos turned obtainable in vehicles for the primary time by way of a partnership with automotive big Mercedes-Benz.

Sir Lucian Grainge, Chairman and CEO of UMG, on the time stated the alliance marks, “the end result of years of working along with our companions at Dolby to develop the Dolby Atmos Music format so we will present our artists with an excellent wider palette for his or her artistic expression”.


Grainge instructed workers in a New Yr notice this week that creating immersive or spatial audio is a part of UMG’s mission “to advertise a wholesome, sustainable and thrilling music ecosystem.”

“Seven years in the past, we launched into a journey to evolve the music listening expertise. We approached Dolby with a proposal: if our two firms labored collectively, we might develop a brand new format that envelops the listener right into a 360-degree immersive setting that gives artists with a broader artistic palette on which to specific themselves,” Grainge stated in an inner letter.

The UMG boss confused that spatial audio could possibly be one of the vital developments within the recorded music listening expertise in many years.

Grainge famous that almost half of UMG’s streaming consumption and 80% the label’s top-50 streaming artists’ music can be found in immersive (or Atmos) variations up to now.

“Many platforms—together with Apple Music, Tidal and Amazon Music—are providing this far superior expertise to the opposite beneficiaries of immersive audio: music followers. Hundreds of thousands and hundreds of thousands of them all over the world. They usually merely can’t get sufficient,” Grainge continued.


Apple didn’t disclose the precise variety of subscribers that listened to Spatial Audio in 2022, nor did it point out the variety of subscribers in 2022.

However whereas Apple Music in late 2022 raised its subscription worth within the US and UK from $9.99 / £9.99 to $10.99 or £10.99, the platform nonetheless doesn’t cost subscribers an additional charge for Spatial Audio or Lossless Audio.

In distinction, Amazon Music can be providing songs in HD and Extremely HD by way of a better subscription tier referred to as Amazon Music Limitless at $8.99 per thirty days from Prime members and $9.99 per thirty days for non-Prime clients.

In the meantime, Spotify nonetheless has but to roll out its long-promised Premium tier referred to as Spotify HiFi, which has been within the works for almost two years now.

Spotify stated in February 2021 that the brand new tier will ship music in CD-quality. The corporate nonetheless has but to comply with up on that announcement. However in October 2022, 9to5 Mac reported that Spotify is studying a Platinum plan at $19.99 a month, which can embody lossless audio high quality, amongst different options.

A Premium subscription solely prices $9.99 a month within the US.

The rollout of high-quality music companies on main streaming platforms like Apple Music, Amazon Music and Spotify might make digital streaming extra interesting to listeners and artists alike as some — like singer/songwriter Neil Younger — have criticized streaming companies for not providing one of the best sound high quality for taking part in music.

Younger in 2015 pulled his music from streaming companies not due to the revenue from streaming, however due to what he describes as “the worst high quality within the historical past of broadcasting.”

“I don’t want my music to be devalued by the worst high quality within the historical past of broadcasting or every other type of distribution. I don’t really feel proper permitting this to be offered to my followers. It’s unhealthy for my music,” Younger stated in a Fb put up on the time.

“When the standard is again, I’ll give it one other look. By no means say by no means.”

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