Music in Dolby Atmos
For many of us, music is the soundtrack to life’s biggest moments, and keeps us company through the good, the bad, and the boring. It’s personal. Music creates memories, gives us strength and a sense of identity. Artists become our heroes, with whom we form lifelong connections. Their words, melodies, and stories are passed from generation to generation, and leave a lasting legacy.
Dolby Atmos is a completely new way to create and experience music. Music in Dolby Atmos goes beyond the ordinary listening experience by immersing you in the song, revealing details with unparalleled clarity and depth. With our pioneering audio technology, artists can unlock new levels of emotion in their music for their listeners, explore new frontiers of sound, and forge a deeper connection with their fans.
Music created in Dolby Atmos can be all around you. For the first time ever, artists are not restricted to stereo or even surround sound and are free to use their limitless creativity. Sounds dance around in a multidimensional space, giving music a life of its own. It’s truly the listening experience of the future.
More and more original music is being created by major artists – Sam Smith, Halsey, The Weeknd, and Billie Eilish to name a few. Check out Self Esteem’s cover of George Michael’s Praying for Time exclusively on Apple Music if you get the chance.
Elsewhere, back catalogues are being re-imagined, and classics given a new life. Much like remasters and reissues, timeless and well-loved music from all eras has been remixed with the Dolby Atmos treatment – recordings from everyone from Dire Straits to The London Philharmonic Orchestra. For an idea of what’s possible, check out Riders on the Storm by The Doors. The sound of the storm crashes down around you, while the ghostly backing vocals now take on a more haunting, ethereal form as every little detail can be heard.
'I’m with the band!' is no longer just a thing to say while trying to get backstage at a gig. With the spatial listening experience of Dolby Atmos Music, you’ll feel like you’re in the same space as the artists while they perform your favourite hits. Or, depending on how the different layers of sounds are creatively mixed, get ready to step inside the song itself.
Wondering if your favourite film or TV score has received the Dolby Atmos treatment? Apple TV+, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Netflix, Paramount+ (US), and HBO Max (US) all offer content that has been produced using Dolby Atmos.
How to listen to music in Dolby Atmos
Whichever way you prefer to listen to music, from headphones and smart speakers to TVs, soundbars, laptops, and phones, getting the Dolby Atmos experience can be enjoyed at home or on the go. It’s easy to get up and running. You’ll need three things: a device, streaming service, and music – all enabled with Dolby Atmos.
To find out if your device supports Dolby Atmos, look for the Dolby badge in the settings and turn it on. Likewise, keep an eye out for the Dolby badge on the music you want to stream.
If you have a Sonos soundbar enabled with Dolby Atmos or an Amazon Echo Studio, you’re all set for a premium listening experience at home.
You can also listen to music in Dolby Atmos on Android with any pair of headphones or iOS devices with a pair of AirPods Pro or Max.
Is Dolby Atmos on Apple Music?
The Dolby Atmos catalogue on Apple Music is growing every day. Subscribers can seek out editorial Apple playlists which curate Dolby Atmos titles. There’s also the added cool factor of Apple’s dynamic head tracking feature, available on Apple’s AirPods and Beats headphones paired with a compatible iPhone or iPad to adjust sound as the head moves.
You can also experience Dolby Atmos on a variety of studio albums and tracks. Albums and tracks will display the Dolby Atmos badge. If you are listening to a playlist, be sure to look for the Dolby Atmos badge on the cover art. For more information on how to listen to Dolby Atmos Music on Apple Music, click here.
Does Dolby Atmos work with Amazon Music?
Amazon Music hosts a wide range of songs from ground-breaking artists all mixed in Dolby Atmos. Just look for the Dolby Atmos badge on your music, or on an Amazon Echo Studio just ask, "Alexa, play the best of Dolby Atmos Music,” to hear a selection of top songs in Dolby Atmos.
For more information on how to listen to Dolby Atmos Music on Amazon Music, click here.
Does TIDAL include music in Dolby Atmos?
Absolutely! In fact, TIDAL has more than 50 Dolby Atmos playlists to choose from so there is something for you no matter what kind of music you are into.
For more information on how to listen to Dolby Atmos Music on TIDAL, click here.
Still thinking about the Dolby Atmos experience?
If you’re still wondering if Dolby Atmos is worth it, check out our handy explainer here. Already convinced? We’re here to help you achieve the perfect set up for your pad. Head over to our interactive home setup guide to get started.