On July 21, Apple released a new version of the Apple Music app for Android, updating it with the latest iOS features, in particular Apple’s support for lossless audio and spatial audio through Dolby Atmos Music.
But being able to access these new features will depend on the capabilities of your specific Android device. While lossless audio seems to be universally supported on Android phones, the same cannot be said for spatial audio.
For spatial audio to work in the Apple Music app, your Android phone must support Dolby Atmos, and not all of them do. In fact, when I went to try out spatial audio on my Google Pixel 5, I found that while I could see Apple Music’s spatial audio playlists, none of the included tracks are available in their versions. Dolby Atmos Music. Their playback simply results in standard two-channel stereo playback.
This was confirmed once I jumped into the app’s settings menu. An option for enable lossless audio appeared – with the usual warnings about the large size of lossless tracks and how that might affect your data usage over Wi-Fi and cellular connections – but there was no spatial audio options.
On an iOS device or a Dolby Atmos compatible Android phone, you should be able to choose whether spatial audio is handled automatically (when the app detects that you are using headphones or Apple or Beats headphones) or set to always or always – off. .
The good news for Android owners is that Dolby Atmos support is very common, especially among Samsung handsets. When you add LG, Sony, Motorola, and Huawei, that means a majority of Android users will likely be able to enjoy Apple Music’s spatial audio on their phones.
If your phone supports Dolby Atmos, you will be able to listen with any wired or wireless headset. For lossless sound, you’ll need a wired set of headphones or cans, and possibly an external digital-to-analog converter (DAC), depending on your phone’s built-in DAC and the resolution of the phone. lossless audio you are looking for.
In general, CD quality lossless audio (16-bit, 44.1kHz) should work on any phone with a headphone jack. Going higher than that (24bit / 48kHz or 24bit / 96kHz) is where you might need that external DAC.
For more information on how to get the most out of these new Apple Music features, check out our helpful explanation, “What You Need to Listen to Lossless Audio and Dolby Atmos on Apple Music.”