Apple Music’s Spatial Audio expands to Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Apple Music’s Spatial Audio expands to Mercedes-Benz vehicles

Mercedes infotainment system that plays Apple Music. [Apple]

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Surround sound function Apple Music it’s expanding beyond the headset, and Mercedes-Benz is adding support for it to the automaker’s infotainment system.

partnership, announced on Sunday, has a Mercedes-Benz addition Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos as a native experience for its infotainment systems. Instead of relying on motion tracking hardware in headphones like the AirPods Maxinstead, it uses the vehicle’s built-in speaker system.

It is available as part of the MBUX infotainment system in Mercedes-Maybach models, EQS and EQS SUV, and EQE and S-Class vehicles.

The first vehicle to offer this feature to owners is the limited edition Mercedes-Maybach by Virgil Abloh, which was delivered in September. It uses a Burmester high-end 4D sound system that includes 31 speakers, with six 3D speakers playing from above, four near-ear speakers in the front seats, eight sound transducers in the seats, two amplifiers, an 18.5-liter subwoofer and 1,750 watts of power.

Spatial Audio will roll out to other models “soon,” according to Apple.

To use the feature, drivers must also subscribe to Apple Music, which includes a growing catalog of surround audio tracks. Apple Music also includes curated Spatial Audio playlists, including Driving in Surround Sound.

“Sound quality is incredibly important to Apple Music, which is why we’re so excited to work with Mercedes-Benz to make surround audio on Apple Music available natively in the car for the first time,” said Oliver Schusser, Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats. “Spatial Audio is revolutionizing the way artists create and fans listen to music, and it’s an experience that’s impossible to explain in words; you have to hear it for yourself to appreciate.”

Mercedes-Benz Group AG Chief Technology Officer Markus Schafer calls the plug-in a “benchmark music experience unmatched in the industry.” Proud to be selling the first non-Apple product to support surround audio, Schafer claims “This seamless experience shows how in-car entertainment can reach exciting new levels with the perfect integration of hardware and software.”

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