An apparent however probably neglected facet be aware to Apple’s launch of Spatial Audio on Apple Music is the truth that customers might want to re-download tracks mastered within the new Dolby Atmos format as they slowly trickle onto the streaming service.
Apple Music subscribers who’ve huge offline libraries — and who wish to get pleasure from Spatial Audio — will quickly be confronted with the bothersome job of re-downloading Dolby Atmos tracks.
As famous by Apple in a support document up to date on Wednesday, customers who wish to hearken to a Spatial Audio model of a track they already downloaded from Apple Music might want to manually delete and re-download stated observe. The ensuing obtain contains each Dolby Atmos and stereo variations of a track.
Making the method extra of a trouble is Apple Music’s dealing with of downloaded tracks. For now, the app defaults to present on-device variations and provides no different to stream the brand new Spatial Audio combine. Meaning listeners are compelled to delete the observe, at which level they’ll both re-download it or stream with out saving for offline listening.
Apple notifies customers of the coverage in a pop-up that seems when making an attempt to play an already downloaded observe that now helps Spatial Audio. In playlists, just like the not too long ago posted Spatial Audio Hits and Made for Spatial Audio, downloaded tracks seem with a small icon to indicate that an on-device model exists.
Customers additionally want to make sure that they’re downloading Dolby Atmos content material. On iOS, this achieved by navigating to Settings > Music and turning on “Obtain in Dolby Atmos.” The identical might be finished on Mac by deciding on “Obtain on Dolby Atmos” within the Normal part of Music > Preferences.
Most listeners are unlikely to come across the problem with solely “hundreds” of tracks at the moment out there in Spatial Audio, however extra folks can be impacted as Apple builds out its Dolby Atmos catalog.
Introduced in Might, Spatial Audio for Apple Music is proprietary format constructed with Dolby Atmos know-how that delivers an immersive listening expertise by simulating a 3D audio area. The function launched on Monday.
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