Apple Music’s Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos is now available natively in select Mercedes-Benz models for the first time.
The two companies have revealed that Apple Music with Spatial Audio will now come fully integrated through the MBUX infotainment system in the Mercedes-Maybach S-Class, EQS, EQS SUV, EQE, EQE SUV, and the standard S-Class.
Mercedes-Benz owners already subscribed to Apple Music will gain immediate access to a growing array of songs available in Spatial Audio. The limited-edition Mercedes-Maybach by Virgil Abloh was the automaker’s first model to offer the Spatial Audio technology through its high-end Burmester 4D sound system.
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“Sound quality is incredibly important to Apple Music which is why we are so excited to be working with Mercedes to make Spatial Audio on Apple Music available natively in the car for the first time,” Apple’s vice president of Apple Music and Beats, Oliver Schusser, said in a press release. “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, we now have even more opportunities to bring wholly immersive music to our subscribers all over the world.”
The Burmester high-end 4D sound consists of 31 speakers that include six 3D speakers in the roof, 4 near-ear speakers in the front seats, an 18.5-liter subwoofer, 8 sound transducers, 2 amplifiers, and 1,750 watts of power.
“We’re joining forces to offer our customers a benchmark music experience unparalleled in the industry,” added member of the board of management of Mercedes-Benz Group AG, Markus Schäfer. “We are proud that our vehicles will be the first-ever non-Apple devices to natively 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.”