Apple Music beats Spotify with spatial audio sessions for your AirPods

Apple Music has a new weapon in its war against Spotify, and that’s good news for anyone with AirPods (3rd gen), AirPods Pro or AirPods Max: its new and exclusive Apple Music Sessions, which will featuring some of the best artists in the world, are going to be broadcast in Spatial Audio. It’s head tracking technology that knows where your head is pointing and adjusts the sound accordingly to make it more realistic.

I think it’s a smart move because although Spatial Audio is available on all types of music from Taylor Swift to LF System, I think it works best for live performance. It’s the closest thing to being there; all you have to do is stand behind a giant and pour beer down your back and you’ll feel like you’re at the concert.

Apple Music Sessions is available now, and early releases have a distinct twist: the sessions, by Carrie Underwood and Tenille Tones, were recorded in Nashville where Apple built a state-of-the-art recording facility.

What to expect from Apple Music sessions

Underwood and Townes are brilliant artists and performers and their new Apple Music sessions are spectacular – Underwood’s Ghost Story gave me goosebumps – but if country isn’t your thing, don’t worry: Apple isn’t planning heavy release schedule on the rootin’ and tootin’ forever: While the focus is currently on Nashville with artists such as Ronnie Dunn and Ingrid Andress lined up for future sessions, Apple also intends to expand the series to cover other genres and focus on emerging artists as well as big names.

I think these sessions are a good idea: it’s not just a way to differentiate Apple Music from Spotify; it’s also a way to promote Spatial Audio technology in Apple’s various earphone flavors, and it’s a really cool way to experience music. When 3D audio is done well, for example in the Dolby Atmos remaster of REM’s Automatic For The People, the Spatial Audio version of Taylor Swift’s Willow, or in those new Apple Music sessions, it adds a wonderful sense of space. and place. That’s what your AirPods were made for.

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