Apple Music launches DJ Mixes in Spatial Audio to put you in a virtual dance club experience

Apple Music is launching a series of new DJ mixes in Spatial Audio with Dolby Atmos enabled and fifteen new Boiler Room recordings on its app.

It’s all part of Apple’s ongoing effort to deliver high-quality sound – and perhaps a more engaging experience (thanks, Spatial Audio). The company, which announced the update on Wednesday, goes so far as to call these mixes “…an immersive audio experience with multi-dimensional sound and clarity.”

Monthly Space Audio Series

Spatial Audio’s remixes will be released monthly on the revamped One Mix series, starting with “Outer to Inner Atmosphere: The Escape Velocity Mix” by acclaimed DJ and producer Jeff Mills. The hour-long set is currently available on the Apple Music app.

Boiler Room recordings are newly mixed in the same Spatial Audio format with Dolby Atmos and come from a variety of nightclubs and festivals on different dates. It is meant to mimic a real clubbing experience.

Spatial audio uses Dolby Atmos, directional audio filters, and frequency adjustments on each ear to place parts of the audio in a virtual 3D space around the listener’s head.

The first fifteen recordings cover a wide range of artists like India Jordan, Analog Soul and The Blessed Madonna. More DJ sets in Spatial Audio will be released throughout the year and will be part of the global Boiler Room collection on Apple Music.

Support material

If you own a pair of AirPods or Beats headphones that have an H1 or W1 chip installed, you will be able to enjoy the high-quality remixes by default. What’s special about these AirPods and headphones is the accelerometers and gyroscopes inside that track your head position and iPhone placement.

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That way, no matter how you spin, the sound doesn’t change in quality and stays consistent.

Speaking of which, the speakers in the latest iPhones and iPads also support Spatial Audio. Some of the devices that support Spatial Audio include iPhone 7 and later, iPad 6th generation and later, iPad Air 3rd generation, and iPad mini 5th generation.

It’s unclear if Apple plans to do something similar for other genres, but it’s worth pointing out that the company spends a lot of time and money on DJ remixes and electronic music in particular.

For example, Apple uses Shazam’s music identification technology to analyze a remix to ensure that everyone involved in that song is paid fairly. If so, other genres may be left behind.

  • If you’re looking for headphones that can deliver that spatial audio experience, you might want to read our AirPods Pro review.

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