Technology Dolby Atmos Music comes to Jay-Z's Tidal service

16:26  12 december  2019
16:26  12 december  2019 Source:   cnet.com

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Music streaming service Tidal has partnered with Dolby to bring Dolby Atmos Music tracks to its Tidal HiFi tier. This makes Tidal the second music service to support the high-end format. For now, support is limited to certain Android devices. Consumers may know Dolby Atmos as a

Sony's 360 Reality Audio isn't the only surround-sound music game in town: Dolby Atmos Music takes the company's established movie format and applies it to music streaming. And Jay-Z's streaming service Tidal is now on board.

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Tidal Hi-Fi subscribers can now stream Dolby Atmos tracks from Universal and Warner Music artists such as The Weeknd, Ariana Grande and Blondie in immersive audio. Don't have a Tidal Hi-Fi subscription? The company just announced new users can get five months of any Tidal tier, including Hi-Fi, for $5.

Dolby Atmos is a surround format that features height channels and is typically played back on surround systems and some soundbars, but part of the appeal of the two competing formats is that they can be played on mobile phones. Compatible Atmos devices include Android smartphones and tablets , but we don't yet know whether the Amazon Echo Studio or Denon's Heos system will also support it. Dolby did not immediately reply to CNET's request for comment.

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Dolby Atmos Music comes to Jay - Z ' s Tidal service . Dolby takes on Sony' s 360 Reality Audio by bringing its immersive Atmos Music format to Tidal Hi-Fi subscribers.

Announced today, Tidal is launching Dolby Atmos Music support for a range of devices, including set-top boxes, home speaker systems, TVs, and Tidal is not actually a stranger to Dolby Atmos . The company welcomed the mobile version of Atmos back in December of last year, launching support for

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Dolby Atmos tracks on Tidal will be identified by a Dolby logo and a Dolby Atmos symbol appears when the song is selected. You can also find compatible tracks under the Explore tab on the Tidal app's homepage.

It's early days for immersive audio, and while surround music formats like DVD-Audio and Quadraphonic have failed in the past, both Dolby and Sony are confident that immersive formats will take off. Devices like the Echo Studio may help with adoption, but mobile headphone use is only simulated and may not work as well as dedicated systems.

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