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Amazon Music gets spatial audio on iOS and Android, starting today


From now on, Amazon Music Deploys space headset support to iOS and Android devices. The feature enables surround sound on tracks and albums that have been mastered in surround sound, and today’s news comes months after Apple Music added support for spatial audio on iPhone, iPad, Mac and Apple TV.

Amazon Music Unlimited provides access to over 75 million songs in lossless quality or high lossless resolution. Or as the company calls it: HD (16-bit, 44.1kHz) and Ultra HD (24-bit, 44.1kHz up to 24-bit, 192kHz) quality. Prior to today, the subscription service allowed customers to access spatial audio content, but users had to own either an Echo device or one of the few third-party speakers.

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Now users will be able to enjoy Dolby Atmos or Sony’s 360 Reality Audio spatial sound on a wider range of devices, including those running Android and iOS, and using their existing headphones. Besides iOS and Android devices, it is possible to use Alexa Cast to stream audio to compatible soundbars and speakers for a full spatial audio experience. However, users will need to be Amazon Music subscriber Unlimited to access spatial audio, and those on the less expensive single device plan are excluded from spatial audio support.

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Due to the current level of app support, users will need to connect all external devices to an iPhone, Android device, or any of the previously supported devices in order to play spatial audio content. Amazon is expected to expand support in the future and has confirmed that Amazon Music’s Dolby Atmos support will arrive for select Sonos soundbars (via the Sonos app) later this year. With the combination of lossless sound, spatial or surround sound, and a great pair of headphones, users should expect a great listening experience.

Similar to Apple Music, Amazon Music’s spatial audio library varies greatly from track to track and album to album. It all depends on how much work is put into the Atmos mix versus the standard stereo mix. Hopefully the availability of spatial audio mixes will continue to improve over time and as more producers, artists and sound engineers make the transition. In the meantime, Amazon Music users can at least now use their Android and iOS devices to listen with spatial audio enabled.

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Source: Amazon

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