Image Credit: MacRumors
Apple are bringing the 3D surround sound experience to Apple Music later this month. More details are due to come after WWDC later today.
Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC will broadcast online later today (June 7) at 10am PDT, 1pm ET and 6pm in the UK. Click here to find out how to stream the event live and what we’re hoping to see. Spatial Audio as well as Lossless Audio were announced to be coming to their music streaming service Apple Music later this month, at no extra cost to regular subscriptions. Seemingly teased by accident in a video on Apple Music, MacRumors shared a screenshot detailing an event due to take place two hours after the start of WWDC: 12 PDT, 3pm ET and 8pm in the UK.
The image states “Introducing Spatial Audio. Tune in at 12 pm PT on June 7 to watch this special event.” The post from Apple Music has since been removed as the link is now dead and there’s still no mention of a Spatial Audio event on the WWDC schedule. While we don’t know for sure, the event will likely include more details on the addition of Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio to Apple Music and perhaps an official release date. We’ll be sure to share more details here tomorrow.
Interestingly, Apple is clearly promoting Spatial Audio as the headline feature coming to Apple Music over Lossless Audio. This is likely as the feature is unique and will affect more day-to-day, casual users, requiring little additional hardware to make use of the 3D surround sound experience. Spatial Audio will be supported on all AirPods and Beats headphones with an H1 or W1 chip, as well as the built-in speakers in the latest iPhones, iPads and Macs. To make the most of Lossless Audio, users will require specialist hi-fi gear, such as a DAC and high-end wired headphones or speakers.
The announcement of Apple Music Spatial Audio and Lossless Audio came a couple of months after Spotify announced Spotify HiFi and moments before Amazon dropped the additional cost for Amazon Music HD. These hifi music streaming services will join the likes of Qobuz Studio Premier, Deezer HiFi, TIDAL HiFi and MOOV.