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Apple might soon pay artists more for offering their music in Atmos

Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Most of today’s biggest music releases already come with a Dolby Atmos mix alongside the traditional stereo version, but Apple is apparently determined to increase the format’s adoption even further. Bloomberg is today reporting that the company is planning to give “added weighting” to songs that offer an Atmos mix; this could potentially increase the royalties that artists receive from Apple Music. Intriguingly, the report notes that “listeners wouldn’t necessarily have to play the Atmos version of a song for artists to benefit. It only matters that the song is offered in that format.”

The change in weighting hasn’t yet been announced by Apple. But with more and more artists and studios churning out spatial audio mixes like clockwork,…

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