Deezer has introduced a dedicated app for surround sound music encoded in Sony's new 360 Reality Audio music format.
Called 360 by Deezer, it presents spatial audio that is mixed to give you a 3D-like experience, where you feel as if you are in the studio with the artist during recording. It doesn't require any special hardware or headphones - you can listen using your conventional iPhone or Android handset and usual headset/earbuds.
The 360 by Deezer app can be used by anyone with a Deezer HiFi streaming account. This usually costs £19.99 per month and includes access to high-resolution tracks through the usual Deezer app.
Sony and Deezer are also offering a deal for those who purchase select Sony headphones. Customers get three-months of access to Deezer HiFi for free and then, when that period is over, only have to pay £14.99 per month.
Naturally, the collection of music mixed using 360 Reality Audio is relatively small at present. However, it currently includes music from Aerosmith, Britney Spears, Earth Wind & Fire, Marvin Gaye and Miles Davis, plus several others. Many more tracks will be added in time.
"Our new app offers hi-fi enthusiasts a dedicated and exclusive experience where they can easily access their 360 Reality Audio tracks," said Deezer's Stefan Tweraser.
"The new format provides music fans with a virtual audio experience that could previously only be achieved with special sound gear in a dedicated space."