Apple may pay artists more to use Dolby Atmos


Spatial audio with head tracking
Artists might profit more from mixing tunes with Dolby Atmos.
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Apple plans to offer financial incentives to artists and record labels who mix songs using surround-sound Spatial Audio technology Dolby Atmos, sources close to the matter said Monday.

Greater weighting placed on those audio streams starting in 2024 will likely mean higher royalties paid out.

Musicians using Dolby Atmos may get higher royalties from Apple

And musicians and producers using Dolby Atmos in their mixes won’t just get paid higher royalties for a Dolby Atmos version of a song stream. They’ll get it for regular ones as well — as long as there is an Atmos version, according to a report in Bloomberg.

That could include older tracks, which might attract more artists and labels to the practice.

The article’s sources remained anonymous because Apple has made no announcement yet. But they added Dolby Atmos is affordable for mixing music, so the hope is a broad range of artists will use it in order to see profit from a royalties boost.

And in turn, if more artist mix with Atmos so more songs are available in it, more consumers may buy Apple products that support it, like AirPods and HomePods.

But Apple, which introduced Spatial Audio to Apple Music in 2021, did not comment for the story.


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