First of all, this is support for Spatial Audio technology with Dolby Atmos support. In other words, spatial sound that comes from above, from the side and from everywhere. By default, Apple Music automatically plays Dolby Atmos tracks on all AirPods and Beats with an H1 or W1 chip, and built-in speakers on the latest iPhones, iPads, and Macs.
Albums available in Dolby Atmos will be marked with a special icon to make them easier to find. Apple promises that the catalog will be constantly updated.
In addition, the service has received support for Lossless Audio – lossless sound. Apple uses ALAC (Apple Lossless Audio Codec) to preserve every bit of the original audio file, so users can hear what the artists created in the studio.
To listen to lossless audio, you need the latest version of Apple Music. Go to Settings> Music> Sound Quality, then choose a resolution. Lossless level in Apple Music starts at CD quality which is 16 bit at 44.1 kHz and goes up to 24 bit at 48 kHz and plays on Apple devices. For the true audiophile, Apple Music also offers Hi-Resolution Lossless up to 24-bit @ 192 kHz.
The new features will be available to Apple Music subscribers starting next month. No additional payment will be required.