Spatial Audio: Re-listening To Favourite Songs With A New Sound

Updated: 6 days ago

Throughout lockdown, I’ve been listening to a lot of music. A lot. I’ve found myself listening to the latest releases to hype me up for when bars and clubs reopen in the (hopefully) near future, to digging up timeless tunes like The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. It’s been a wild ride of mixing different genres, finding new flavours and boring myself to death with repeats of what I believed was my favourite band (I won’t name names!).

Spatial Audio

When I got my hands on a pair of the new AirPods Max, music began to have a whole new meaning. My low-quality earphones from the local petrol station suddenly seemed even less desirable, and my excitement for music began to skyrocket again. In particular, AirPods Max are designed specially for Spatial Audio by fully immersing you in every sound with insane clarity; you can literally feel the music above and around you when listening to Spatial Audio tracks on Apple Music.

Spatial Audio with support for Dolby Atmos gives artists the opportunity to create audio experiences for their fans with true multidimensional sound and great clarity. Luckily, there are thousands of songs in Spatial Audio from some of the world’s biggest artists and music across all genres – I was very happy to find Billie Eilish and Glass Animals in there.

From rock to hip-hop and jazz to classical, Latin and pop; from new music made in Spatial to classics remixed or remastered for it; these handpicked playlists appear to be the place to find songs that unlock the magic and full power for listeners sporting all types of musical palates.

I’ve compiled a list of songs from different genres offered in Apple Music’s Spatial Audio playlists with mood pairings to transport you out of your lockdown blues and into a world of new sound and feeling:


“Bad Guy” by Billie Eilish

Thoughts and feelings: This isn’t even my favourite Billie Eilish song, yet after re-hearing it with Spatial Audio it’s probably my top song now. I feel like all the zany sounds truly come to life. With the music bouncing so quickly from left and right, it really keeps you on your toes; kind of like a video game!

Mood pairings:

  • Food/drink: Vodka Raspberry – something sickly sweet but so much fun to drink.

  • Time of day: Late afternoon/early evening.

  • Atmosphere: When getting ready for a night out with the ladies!


“Heat Waves” by Glass Animals

Thoughts and feelings: This transported me back to this year’s Triple J’s Top 100 day – drinks at The Office in Manly with a large group of friends, picnicking and laughing our heads off. A great throwback. I love how relistening this song with such pure clarity could bring back such a strong memory and feeling of time.

Mood pairings:

  • Food/drink: Apple or pear cider.

  • Time of day: Midday/early afternoon.

  • Atmosphere: In the Uber en route to an outdoor social gathering or ‘Sunday Sesh’.

Find more pop music offered in Spatial Audio here.


“Blinding Lights” by The Weekend

Thoughts and feelings: I got so hyped up re-hearing this song with Spatial Audio. I felt like I was at my very own personal concert! I found myself physically moving with excitement and waking up in the best of moods – and that’s saying something considering we’re in lockdown.

Mood pairings:

  • Food/drink: Coffee.

  • Time of day: Early morning.

  • Atmosphere: On the bus or train to work.


“Innerbloom” by RÜFÜS DU SOL

Thoughts and feelings: Wow. The synthetic sounds felt so real; they had colours and patterns. It’s music porn – it feels almost naughty, like a secret I had just for myself.

Mood pairings:

  • Food/drink: Rose.

  • Time of day: Sunset.

  • Atmosphere: On a slow, thoughtful walk.

“You” by Tate McRae, Troye Sivan, Dj Regard

Thoughts and feelings: This made me want to go clubbing! Relistening to this song made me excited for all the fun future endeavours on a night out with friends. I loved how the strong beat was so naturally amplified through the new, clear sound.

Mood pairings:

  • Food/drink: Margarita.

  • Time of day: Night.

  • Atmosphere: In bed, flicking through rom-coms on Netflix to choose from while your UberEats is on the way.


“Riders On The Storm” by The Doors

Thoughts and feelings: Yeah, this was AMAZING. It felt like I was transported to the early 70s in a rainymood wine bar out in the middle of nowhere. A very musky, sensual, earthy vibe.

Mood pairings:

  • Food/drink: Merlot.

  • Time of day: Night time.

  • Atmosphere: Cooking dinner before your special someone comes over.

Find more rock music offered in Spatial Audio here.

Funk Rock

“Another One Bites The Dust” by Queen

Thoughts and feelings: Strong, confident and exciting! That’s all I can say. Listening to any Queen song with Spatial Audio is just a whole other level.

Mood pairings:

  • Food/drink: Beer.

  • Time of day: Early evening.

  • Atmosphere: On your way to a party or social gathering.

Hip Hop

“rockstar” by Post Malone ft. 21 Savage

Thoughts and feelings: The low, melancholy nature of this iconic hop hop song comes to life with Spatial Audio. Usually I listen to “rockstar” when I’m feeling a little down in the dumps to match my grumpy mood, however relistening to it with a new sound gave it a new meaning.

Mood pairings:

  • Food/drink: White wine.

  • Time of day: Late night.

  • Atmosphere: Cleaning up after having friends over.

Find more hip hop music offered in Spatial Audio here.

Apple Music is working closely with artists and labels to add new releases and the best catalog tracks, as more artists begin to create music specifically for the Spatial Audio experience.

To help you discover more music in Spatial Audio on Apple Music, check out these curated playlists by genre:

Made for Spatial Audio

Hits in Spatial Audio

Country in Spatial Audio

Jazz in Spatial Audio

Classical in Spatial Audio