Apple Music’s spatial audio format with support for Dolby Atmos is rolling out for select Mercedes-Benz models.
The feature comes fully integrated through the MBUX infotainment system in Mercedes-Maybach models, the EQS and EQS SUV, as well as the EQE and the S-Class.
“Sound quality is incredibly important to Apple Music, which is why we are so excited to be working with Mercedes-Benz to make spatial audio on Apple Music available natively in the car for the first time,” says Oliver Schusser, Apple’s Vice President of Apple Music & Beats.
“Spatial audio is revolutionizing the way artists create and fans listen to music, and it’s an experience that is impossible to explain in words; you have to hear it for yourself to appreciate it. Together with Mercedes-Benz, we now have even more opportunities to bring wholly immersive music to our subscribers all over the world.”
Drivers of these select Mercedes-Benz vehicles who are already subscribers to Apple Music now have access to an ever-growing selection of albums available in spatial audio format on Apple Music.
“We’re joining forces to offer our customers a benchmark music experience unparalleled in the industry,” adds Markus Schäfer, Mercedes-Benz Group AG’s Chief Technology Officer. “We are proud that our vehicles will be the first-ever non-Apple devices to feature immersive spatial audio with Dolby Atmos. This seamless experience shows how in-car entertainment can reach exciting new levels by perfectly integrating hardware and software.”
Mercedes says the limited edition Mercedes-Maybach by Virgil Abloh was one of the first cars in the world to offer the feature. The car features a multidimensional soundscape powered by the Burmester high-end 4D sound system. It includes 31 speakers, including six 3D speakers that emit sound from above, four near-ear speakers in the front seas, and an 18.5-liter subwoofer; eight sound transducers; two amplifiers, and 1,750 watts of power.