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How to access the spatial and lossless audio features of Apple Music on Android devices, today, Sunday, July 25, 2021 08:43 PM
Apple announced a new version of the Apple Music app for Android on July 21, updating it with the latest iOS features, specifically Apple’s support for both lossless audio and spatial audio via Dolby Atmos Music, according to Digitartlends. But the ability to access these new features will depend on the capabilities of your specific Android device. While lossless audio appears to be universally supported on Android phones, the same cannot be said for spatial audio. For spatial audio to work within the Apple Music app, your Android phone needs to support Dolby Atmos, and not all of them do. With the spatial audio experience on the Google Pixel 5, although you can see curated spatial audio playlists from Apple Music, none of the included tracks are available in their Dolby Atmos Music versions. Simply turning it on plays standard two-channel stereo. This is confirmed by going to the application settings menu. An option to enable lost audio appeared — along with the usual warnings about the large volume of lost tracks and how this could affect data consumption on both Wi-Fi and mobile connections — but there were no spatial audio options. On an iOS device or Android phone compatible with Dolby Atmos, you should be able to choose whether spatial audio is turned on automatically (when the app detects that you’re using Apple or Beats headphones or earphones), set to Always On, or Always-Off. The good news for Android owners is that Dolby Atmos support is very popular, especially among Samsung phones. When you add LG, Sony, Motorola, and Huawei, it means that the majority of Android users will likely be able to experience the spatial audio from Apple Music on their phones. If your phone supports Dolby Atmos, you will be able to listen using any combination of wired or wireless headphones. For lossless audio, you’ll need a wired set of earphones or cases, and possibly an external digital-to-analog converter (DAC), depending on your phone’s built-in DAC and the precision of the lossless audio you’re looking for. In general, uncompromised CD-quality sound (16-bit, 44.1kHz) should work on any phone with a headphone jack. Going even higher (24bit/48kHz or 24bit/96kHz) is where you might need an external DAC.
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