Dolby Labs has been teasing us with Dolby Atmos Music for years. We’ve identified for a while now that the surround-sound format used to create immersive film soundtracks can be used for music recordings, however having the ability to really hear music recorded in Atmos has been very onerous. Quickly, nevertheless, that’s about to vary in an enormous means. Dolby confirmed it partnered with Amazon to convey Atmos Music tracks to the corporate’s just lately launched Amazon Music HD streaming service, which can mark the primary time we’ll be capable of stream Atmos Music on-line.
The partnership between Amazon and Dolby is about giving Amazon’s newest good speaker, the Echo Studio, an enormous bang of a launch. The $199 Studio will not be solely designed to ship 360-degree sound due to its cylindrical form and speaker placement, but it surely’s additionally the primary wi-fi good speaker that works with so-called 3D digital music like Atmos Music and Sony 360.
There wouldn’t be a lot level in being suitable with Atmos Music if there have been no solution to entry tracks that use the format, thus Atmos Music is making its streaming debut on Amazon Music HD. Simply how massive of a debut stays to be seen. Dolby continues to be considerably imprecise about precisely what number of Atmos Music tracks shall be obtainable at launch.
As a substitute, it’s pointing to earlier guarantees by labels resembling Common Music Group to launch “hundreds” of Atmos Music tracks, each new and outdated, from such massive names as Bastille, The Beatles, Billie Eilish, Elton John, Woman Gaga, Luciano Pavarotti, Marvin Gaye, and The Weeknd (somewhat one thing for all musical tastes it appears).
As thrilling as it’s to know that Atmos Music is lastly about to get a wider launch, there are nonetheless a whole lot of unanswered questions. Apart from Amazon Music HD, the place will we be capable of stream Atmos Music? Does Atmos Music come in several streaming qualities, like typical stereo mixes, or does it mechanically scale up and down relying on the velocity of your connection and the gadget on which you’re listening? And, maybe most significantly, which units (aside from the Echo Studio) will help Atmos Music when streamed?
We’ve reached out to Dolby Labs to get solutions to all of those questions, and we’ll replace this publish as quickly as we hear again.