Amazon announcement that starting today, Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers can stream spatial audio with their current headphones on its Android and iOS apps. The company currently supports two forms of spatial audio: Sony Reality Audio and Dolby Atmos.
Amazon first introduced spatial audio in 2019, but it was limited to a small number of devices. With this latest expansion, spatial audio will work with any pair of headphones a user owns.
âWe have always believed that the highest possible quality audio should be the standard for music streaming, and that is why today we make spatial audio available to our customers without any special equipment. required and no upgrades required, âSteve Boom, vice president of Amazon Music, said in a statement.
Users can also stream spatial audio with Alexa Cast on select devices, including Echo Studio. Other devices that support 360 Reality Audio with Alexa Cast include Sony’s SRS-RA5000 or SRS-RA3000 wireless speakers and home theater systems such as HT-A9, HT-A7000, or HT-A5000.
Additionally, Amazon Music Unlimited subscribers on an Individual, Family, or Student plan will now automatically have access to HD and Ultra HD music at no additional cost.
Amazon Music Unlimited individual plans cost $ 7.99 / month for Prime members and $ 9.99 / month for Amazon customers. Family plan customers can stream Amazon Music Unlimited to up to six devices for $ 14.99 / month.
Amazon Music isn’t the only music streaming service to leverage spatial audio, as Apple Music launched spatial audio for iOS in June and for Android in July. In order to compete with Apple Music and Amazon Music, Spotify announced earlier this year that it would roll out a premium subscription service called “Spotify HiFi,” which would allow lossless audio.
It’s worth noting that music streaming services aren’t the only platforms looking to take advantage of spatial audio, as Clubhouse recently introduced spatial audio for Android last month. Additionally, Netflix recently announced the arrival of spatial audio in its iPhone and iPad apps.