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Technology Sony is bringing immersive audio to Tidal, Amazon Music and Deezer very soon

19:25  16 october  2019
19:25  16 october  2019 Source:   techradar.com

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Sony 's immersive audio tech is bringing 1,000 tracks to music streaming services – though not Spotify. Amazon Music HD, Tidal , and Deezer will all be getting tracks featuring the technology, though Spotify won't be supporting it at launch.

Sony ’s 360 “spatial” audio will stream soon on Amazon , Tidal , and Deezer . The new technology lets music producers situate sounds all around a spherical audio space, so you can Sony is also working with Live Nation to capture live performances and reproduce the audio in the 360RA format.

Want something extra special from your music streaming services? Well Sony's 360 Reality Audio technology, which recreates the experience of live music by enhancing tracks for a surround sound feel, is set to come your way very soon.

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Sony 360 Reality Audio will be coming to a host of music streaming services later this year, with a launch window (given to Engadget) suggesting it won't arrive any later than November. There'll reportedly be 1,000 tracks available in the format, marking a somewhat hesitant launch giving the massive libraries of the services they'll be coming to.

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It’s all about immersive music listening. You'll be able to access 360 Reality songs via Tidal , Amazon Music HD, Deezer and nugs.net (which is a real service, we checked) on their Even though Sony is going through the motions of officially launching 360 Reality Audio , it's still far from a sure bet.

Sony 's immersive sound format will launch in the US and Europe via major streaming services. You'll be able to stream compatible songs through Amazon Music HD, Deezer , Tidal and nugs.net at launch, while Sony is also in talks with Napster to expand its reach.

Amazon Music HD, Tidal, and Deezer will all be getting tracks featuring the technology, though Spotify won't be supporting it at launch. A lesser-known streaming service called nugs.net, though, apparently will.

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Spatial audio

There's been an ongoing push for high-resolution audio, with Tidal's Masters tier for high-res audio tracks, and Amazon making over 50 million lossless songs available in CD quality in its Amazon Music HD tier.

But Sony 360 Reality Audio is specifically trying to give a different flavor to the music available beyond the bitrate and audio detail, with a sense of music filling the space around you – in a similar way to the Creative SXFI Air headphones, though built into dedicated tracks rather than an all-round hardware feature for whatever you're listening to.

The lack of Spotify support isn't overly surprising, given that the massive streaming service is still relying on mp3 audio (which requires less data to stream) rather than chasing high-res quality – though if you want premium audio from a music streaming service, it seems there are plenty that want to give it to you.

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Via Engadget

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