FUGA Says Its The First B2B Distributor to Automate Spatial Audio Delivery to Apple Music

FUGA has announced automated delivery of spatial audio tracks to Apple Music – one of the first B2B distributors to do so.

Downtown Music Holdings acquired FUGA in 2020, and it works with more than 800 music businesses across fifty countries. FUGA says it has rolled out extensive support for Dolby Atmos mixed tracks, with a fully automated distribution tool for delivering immersive audio.

FUGA’s platform with automated spatial audio delivery is available in English, Japanese, French, and Brazilian Portuguese. FUGA supports 17 audio encoding types, up to 192khz, nine audio file formats, and audio/video bundles for music video distribution. Adding Dolby Atmos to its supported tracks gives music professionals additional control over their existing catalog.

FUGA offers detailed analytics and royalty reporting capabilities. Clients can also access transparent insights into how their releases are performing, with analytics per track format including compressed, lossless, and immersive streams on Apple Music.

FUGA is a Preferred Plus distributor partner for Apple Music. Apple is putting the focus on making spatial audio the default tracks on the latest version of iPhone, iPad, Mac, and AirPods and Beats wireless headphones with an H1 or W1 chip.

“We’re very happy to be supporting this next generation format from the outset. We believe immersive audio can significantly enhance the listening experience, and offering an end-to-end solution from delivery to data is perfectly aligned with the needs of FUGA’s quality-focused labels,” says Rob Webb, Head of Product.

FUGA is also extending its partnership with independent label Left Lane Recordings for another two-year term.

Left Lane Recordings was launched in 2019 by Dutch artist and producer Mr Probz. The two companies first started their working relationship in 2019, which will expand. FUGA will continue to support Left Lane’s frontline activity with global marketing services while enhancing the label’s ability to financially invest in future talent.

“We’re happy to have found such a good match in FUGA,” says Mr Probz about the partnership. “The relationship has grown and strengthened organically in a way that strongly facilitates our needs and wishes as an independent label. Extending the partnership was the most natural move in providing the best service for the artists we work with.”

FUGA is the largest full-service B2B music distributor in the world. It holds preferred distributor status on Spotify, Apple, and all other major DSPs. The company’s global marketing team operates across 17 countries, and its product services suit includes analytics, royalty accounting, neighbouring rights, rights management, and white label services.