Spatial Audio Comes to Australian Amazon Music Customers
Good news this week for Australian customers of Amazon Music, with Unlimited customers now able to listen to spatial audio on more devices than ever before.
Subscribers to its Unlimited tier can now stream music mixed in spatial audio with their existing headphones - no special equipment required - and on select devices that support Alexa Cast.
Introduced initially to Amazon Music customers in 2019, spatial audio puts the listener inside the music with an immersive, multi-dimensional audio experience. This week, customers can hear new releases from artists including FINNEAS, Lil Nas X, and Remi Wolf with unparalleled space, clarity, and depth to the music—no upgrade required.
Steve Boom, vice president of Amazon Music, told StereoNET:
We can't wait for even more fans around the world to be able to hear the vibrancy and nuance of music in spatial audio with just their favourite headphones, and discover new details in the albums they love for the very first time.
Amazon Music will exclusively release Mercury – Act 1 (Amazon Music Live), a brand-new EP from Imagine Dragons, mixed in Dolby Atmos in November. The five-track EP features music from the band's album release live stream, which was recorded from the rooftop of the Amazon Music office in Brooklyn.
In addition to listening with existing headphones, you can also stream spatial audio with Alexa Cast on select devices, including the Echo Studio. Additional devices that support 360 Reality Audio with Alexa Cast include Sony's SRS-RA5000 or SRS-RA3000 wireless speakers, and home theatre systems such as HT-A9, HT-A7000, or HT-A5000. And later this year, you will also be able to hear music mixed in Dolby Atmos on the Sonos Arc and Beam (Gen 2) soundbars when streaming Amazon Music from the Sonos app.
Amazon Music Unlimited offers more than 75 million lossless, High Definition (HD) songs, with a bit depth of 16 bits and a sample rate of at least 44.1 kHz (CD quality). Customers can also stream more than 7 million songs in Ultra HD, with a bit depth of 24 bits and a sample rate up to 192 kHz.
In Australia, Amazon Music Unlimited Individual Plans are available for $11.99/month. Family Plan customers can stream Amazon Music Unlimited on up to six devices for $17.99/month.
StereoNET’s Founder and Publisher, born in UK and raised on British Hi-Fi before moving to Australia where he worked as an Engineer in both the audio and mechanical fields.